By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS – January 30, 2017) – “How would you like to meet David Bowie?” asked the voice on the phone.
The caller that morning to the office of the London-based racy tabloid, Sunday People, where I was working at a senior reporter, was notorious British gangster, Maurice O’Mahoney, about whom I had just written a book called “King Squealer, A True Story” — https://www.amazon.com/King-Squealer-Story-Dan-Wooding/dp/1908728353 — and he went on to tell me that he was now working for Bowie.
O’Mahoney went on to say that his rock star boss was going to be making an appearance at a certain Soho recording studio at 2:00 PM that day and, if I came along, he would introduce me to the flamboyant, and ever changing, superstar.
So, fascinated, I went over there and joined a large crowd waiting to see him, Very soon Bowie arrived in a luxorious black limo, and O’Mahoney — also known as “Mo” — pulled me over towards it and, as Bowie’s chauffeur helped him out, “Mo” called over to him to him, saying, “David, over here. Say ‘hello’ to my friend Dan Wooding from the Sunday People.’
A bemused Bowie did just that, shook my hand, and said a simple, “Hello,” to which O’Mahoney replied, “David, say more than that!”
But it was too late. That was all I was to get. Bowie acknowledged the cheers of his fans, and then rushed into the studio without any more words being uttered in my direction. The whole episode was quite surreal.
So, that was my one and only rather strange meeting with David Bowie, who sadly died on January 10, 2016, aged 69, after battling cancer for 18 months. He died peacefully in New York surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
Recently Rick Wakeman released Piano Portraits, a beautiful new album which included a couple of Bowie’s hits that he had previously played on as a session musician, including Life on Mars and Space Oddity. (You can get the fast-selling album at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Piano-Portraits-Rick-Wakeman/dp/B01M6D30IX.
You can also see a wonderful video of his piano renditions of Life on Mars performed on BBC Radio 2 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jogv7tD18gs. Don’t miss it!
I’ve also re-released my official biography of Rick, called Caped Crusader, Rick Wakeman in the 1970s, which carries a foreword by Sir. Elton John. (https://www.amazon.com/Caped-Crusader-Rick-Wakeman-1970s/dp/1908728302).
Since that time, my life has seen many changes, which included a move in June of 1982, to Southern California, with my wife, Norma, and our two sons, Andrew and Peter, and later launching the ASSIST News Service (ANS).
Since the news service began more than 25 years, we have released thousands of stories, many of which have featured numerous Christians around the world who are suffering for Jesus in countries like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria. They see ANS as their vital “voice” out to the world. We have never charged for our media service, but have, and still do, depend on friends like you, who want to help us continue with our vital work.
Since the beginning of the New Year, however, very little funds have come in, but the good news is that you can help us resolve this problem at this time. In fact, your support is key to solving this situation.
Would you consider donating a generous amount – tax-deductible in the US — to help us achieve our mission of continuing to serve the millions of members of what we call the Persecuted Church?
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Photo captions: 1) David Bowie. 2) Rick Wakeman and David Bowie. 3) Caped Crusader cover. 4) An angry Muslim about to burn at cross in Pakistan. 5) Dan Wooding and Rick Wakeman, handcuffed to a disguised Maurice O’Mahoney following a concert in London.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, who then worked with the Sudan Interior Mission, now known as SIM. He now lives in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for some 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder/president of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books. He has a weekly radio show, and two television programs all based in Southern California.
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