Rick Wakeman reveals he played piano on David Bowie’s “Oh! You Pretty Things”

The part was believed to have been performed by Bowie himself

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Rick Wakeman has claimed that he played some of the piano on David Bowie‘s “Oh! You Pretty Things”.

Although it’s known that the keyboardist played on other Hunky Dory cuts such as “Life On Mars”, “Quicksand” and “Changes”, it was always believed that Bowie himself played on the album’s second track.

Speaking to Danny Baker on BBC Radio 5 Live, Wakeman said: “That is me [playing]. David wanted it to be very simple but, if I remember rightly, he kept cocking up the little riff. He did a few bits of it and I did the rest. He did the beginning.”

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Hunky Dory, Bowie’s fourth album, was released in December 1971, and featured the singles “Changes” and “Life On Mars”. “Oh! You Pretty Things” was written by Bowie, but originally performed by Peter Noone, whose version charted in the UK Top 20 in mid-1971.

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