Rick Wakeman reveals how David Bowie gave him sneak peak of 'Hunky Dory' in 1968

Rick Wakeman on his album Piano Portraits and working with David Bowie - unfinished

Rick Wakeman played in session for Bowie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rick Wakeman has revealed to talkRADIO that David Bowie gave him a sneak peak of his iconic album Hunky Dory well before it was released to the public.

Wakeman, who played in session for Bowie, popped into our studios to discuss the rock legend on the first anniversary of his death.

Speaking to Paul Ross, Wakeman says he became close to Bowie when they worked together and suggested the man once known as Ziggy Stardust is the most influential artist of all time.

"I met him [David Bowie] in 1968," he told Paul. "We became good mates.

"He invited me around to his house in Beckenham, where he lived them - I named it Beckenham Palace, because it was the biggest house I'd ever seen. 

"We sat down at the piano, and he had this old battered 12-string guitar. He played me the songs which all turned out to be on Hunky Dory [released in  December 1971]. One after the other, these great songs came out.

"He was more influential than any other artist. He was more important because he incorporated all forms of art. His influence will be more felt than any other artist in the years to come."

Wakeman has released an album called Piano Portraits, which includes songs he has played throughout his glittering career. It features a piano verson of Bowie's Space Oddity, which Wakeman originally played in session.

Watch the video above.