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Dublin doctor reveals details of late night phone call he got from David Bowie

Published 11/01/2016 | 10:10

British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as 'Ziggy Stardust,' circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as 'Ziggy Stardust,' circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A Dublin doctor has revealed how he received a late night phone call from David Bowie 25 years ago.

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Douglas Bowie, a doctor from Ballinteer in south Co Dublin, spoke to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One about the call.

The iconic singer was attempting to trace the origin of his unusual second name.

“Our phone rang late at night one night, it was 11, 11.30. I  was a GP and I was off duty so my wife answered the phone to try and intercept it.”

However when he found out who was calling he took the call.

“They said this was David Bowie’s PA would it be possible to talk to Douglas Bowie.

“So I got on to her initially, and then she put me through to him. He was really phoning to try and find out the origin of the name Bowie.

“It originally came from one of the Scottish islands and he was doing some research on it so I was able to fill him in a little bit on that.

“I think at the time we were the only Bowies in the directory so that’s why he phoned me.”

However, much to his then teenage children’s shock, he turned down an offer of free tickets.

“At the end he said ‘as you probably know I’m coming over to do a concert in Dublin in a couple of weeks would you like some tickets?’

“Without thinking, I said ‘no  thanks it’s ok, I don’t really like your type of music.’

“The kids were in the room at the time and the shouts of disgust and anger around me.”

“We had a few more sentences together and said goodbye, but I’ve never really lived that down with the family.

“I’ve got to like him a little bit better now over the last few years.”

He also explained he constantly gets asked whether he is related to the singer due to the shared surname, to which he has a smart reply.

“I actually have an older brother called David Bowie, genuinely, so whenever they say in the shops or restaurants ‘are you related to David Bowie?’ I can say, yes, he’s my brother.”

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