The list of famous music artists who have penned tributes to David Bowie, who died Sunday at age 69 of cancer, continues to grow. Among the latest musicians sharing their feelings about the influential singer’s passing are such fellow U.K. legends as The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and The Who’s Pete Townshend.
In a message posted on his official website, Jagger writes, “David was always an inspiration to me, and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him.” In 1985, Bowie and Jagger scored a #7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the U.K. charts with their duet version of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing on the Street.”
Townshend, meanwhile, has penned a lengthy homage to Bowie that you can read now at The Who.com. Referring to David as his “lovely friend,” Pete writes, “I am so deeply sad, but he just completed a radical and audacious new album, and that is a great thing. Personally I am grateful to him for doing it…For those who were his fans he was a charismatic and exotic creature and still gloriously beautiful even as he approached 70. But face to face he was funny, clever, well-read, excited by the arts, and really good company…He was simply a joy to be around, so good at making everyone feel at ease…We have lost a monumental figurehead of the British arts scene. We have also lost a wonderful clown whose combined sense of mischief and creativity delightedly touched our hearts. He was my Salvador Dali.”
Former Who, Faces and Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones also penned a tribute to Bowie, which he posted on his Facebook page. Writes Jones, “My memories go back to the Small Faces days when we all used to hang out in the cafe in [London’s] Denmark St. before we were all known. David always came to our gigs with us and would join in. We considered him an honorary member of the band. And then he went on to much bigger things. RIP xxx.”
Yet another musician from a famous British band that emerged during the ’60s, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, shared his heartfelt thoughts about Bowie’s passing. “I am so terribly shocked and stunned by the passing of David Bowie,” says Davies in a note on his Facebook page. “We were friends in the early days and I have followed his amazing and inspirational career ever since. A genius, and an artist and innovator who has [influenced] so many people deeply and profoundly on many levels. Emotionally, creatively, Spiritually. His work will resonate long into the future and the planet is a much richer and fertile place because of his [presence] here.”