Orange County’s Alex Karlsson, a Swedish-Amrican singer/songwriter, was among the millions touched by David Bowie. But Karlsson may have been the first to record a tribute song — “Where Are U Ziggy.”
“Bowie was a giant,” Karlsson wrote on YouTube. “His music inspired generations across almost half a century. I grew up listening to him. My Dad had him on all the time. He took me to see Bowie in Stockholm when I was 10 years old, unforgettable music.”
Karlsson said he was sorry “if this video is a bit rushed. I wanted to make sure I got this done the same day David passed away. RIP – Will miss him.”
Other cultural icons and average fans shared their grief and love as well, including Yoko Ono and Madonna.
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January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle… https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
Bye Bye, Bowie. I’ll see you on Mars. pic.twitter.com/XXyP17fbXD
— Robert Pasbani (@robinjection) January 11, 2016
everyone, all ages, deeply moved & saddened by the passing of #David Bowie. I took him to the pub in1969 & said: You are the future. He was.
— annie nightingale (@aanightingale) January 11, 2016
Craziest thing is Bowie just put out such a vital and free record. What a god.
— tom boy 2016 (@HowToDressWell) January 11, 2016
— Politics Punked (@PoliticsPunked) January 11, 2016
— NME (@NME) January 11, 2016
I’ll never forget hearing Under Pressure for the first time – David Bowie was a fearless original with the power to charm. We’ll miss him.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 11, 2016
Scores of newspapers and magazines all over the world requesting me to write/talk about Bowie. My tribute to him is to decline them all.
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) January 11, 2016
The stars do, indeed, look very different today, Bowie. Safe passage in your return to stardust. pic.twitter.com/9MpzFOEVfA
— refinery29 (@Refinery29) January 11, 2016