Berkshire music fans remember David Bowie

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The passing of David Bowie elicited a strong outpouring of sadness and tribute from Berkshire music fans on Monday.

"I loved Bowie," recalled Hal March, owner of Toonerville Trolley Records and CDs in Williamstown. "He did glam rock, he did white funk, he did prog rock. He was amazing.

"I can never keep Bowie in the store," said March, who noted that Bowie's amazing career was appealing to fans of all ages. "When kids buy turntables, there are about 10 or 15 artists they want to hear and Bowie is definitely one of them."

Bowie, the iconic rocker who created "Ziggy Stardust" and wrote numerous megahits in the '70s and '80s, died on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

Local singer/musician JoAnne Redding recalled that Bowie's show at Madison Square Garden in the '80s was the first "major" show she ever attended. She and a friend saved up their money to buy tickets.

"So, so sad," Redding said. "Damn cancer!"

"You were rock and roll and heart and soul," read a Facebook post written by John Worth, longtime bassist for the Arthur Holmes Blues Band.

Bowie's half-century in the music business produced an eclectic, but melodic body of work. In fact, the most interesting part of the many local Facebook posts is how varied the songs posted by fans.

These include, in no particular order, "Changes," "Blackstar," "Space Oddity," "Young Americans," Rebel, Rebel," "Dancin' In the Street," a duet with Mick Jagger, and "Little Drummer Boy," a duet with Bing Crosby.

"He tried everything," laughed March.

There were also posts of one of Bowie's favorite lines: "I once read Webster's Dictionary and concluded it was a really long poem about everything."

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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