Rick Wakeman Bowie tribute CD


Following his moving tribute to David Bowie on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 show (where he played a beautiful rendition of Life On Mars) Rick Wakeman has recorded new versions of both Life On Mars and Space Oddity with proceeds being donated to charity.

A nice touch is that as well as a download, a CD single is being issued which will be available next month. All artist royalties are being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Wakeman of course played piano on Hunky Dory. His tribute CD is released on 12 February 2015.


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Great to hear this version. Very moving. Good to know it will help a relevant cause. Please will you donate your typical cut from the order link? Cheers.

Andy salter

I heard this whyll I was at work driving around in just pulled over and listened so beautiful bought a tear to my eyes thank you rik and of course Simon mayo we might of never listen to it if it wasn’t for him pre ordered mine can’t wait

[…] on David Bowie‘s first few albums, and he’s now paying tribute to the late legend with new piano recordings of “Life on Mars” and “Space Oddity” which will be released next month to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. [via […]


Beautiful. Just pre-ordered my copy.


A beautiful rendition of probably my favourite David Bowie song with Rick’s trademark light and melodic touch. I hope, like me, everyone buys this haunting single for a worthy cause.

Chris Lancaster

I too heard Wakeman play this on that fateful Monday at the end of the Simon Mayo show. I was driving home from work at the time, and it moved me so much that I had to pull over at the side of the road for five minutes before I could carry on driving. Great to see it getting a release in aid of a relevant cause. Have pre-ordered my copy, and I hope many others do the same.


been listening to bowie all week including blackstar but I blubbed when i heard this on GMTV this morning


I guess you mean the cd will be issued on 12th february 2016 rather than 2015 Paul

Gary Hunter

Wow what a beautiful version, goes to show how good that track is.


Will be getting this for sure….


Its great Paul – thank you very much for sharing


It is a beautiful version of the classic and will be buying it. I was never a big Bowie fan, but his death has exposed so much to me that I’m leanring to enjoy more and more of his music – especially the early years.

Darren Stuart

Totally agree, André. I spent the two weeks after Bowie’s death downloading his 70’s and 80’s albums. Can’t say I like all of it, but I now have a greater appreciation of him. And ‘Blackstar’ is quite something.

adam shaw

I heard him play it on the day while driving and I must say that it was his playing that made me shed a tear . Id been ok all day until I heard that .
Will be buying this , and its for a great cause .