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Portland audio engineer shares memories of working with David Bowie

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The news of David Bowie's death hit a northwest Portland man especially hard.

Andy Morris was a studio engineer in London back in the early '70s and worked directly with Bowie on one his classic albums.

Morris was just 16 years old when he suddenly found himself working alongside the legend.

Working as a recording engineer at the legendary Olympic Studios in London, he happened to pick up the phone late one night.

“The voice at the other end was David, and I didn't know it was him,” Morris told Fox 12. “The Stones were upstairs in studio one, and Bad Company was recording in studio three.”

As an assistant to recording engineer Keith Harwood, Morris got be a part of the 1974 classic "Diamond Dogs."

“I was a lucky English kids, working on an incredible record with a master of vision, and a real voyeur when it came to music,” he said. “Someone who will never be replicated at all. He's just one of a kind.”

One of Morris’ favorite memories involved the birth of one of the most recognized guitar riffs in Rock history.

"Seeing him write the first three chords of Rebel, Rebel.  That was pretty amazing,” he said, calling Bowie a genius. “Intelligence just spewed out of him. It was like talking to an encyclopedia.”

Morris said his time working with Bowie convinced him that he was in the presence of greatness, a cultural icon who changed the world by breaking down boundaries, demonstrating that great art should never be shackled by the norms of society.

“If it was in the 1920's, he would have been Rudolph Valentino.  And he was definitely the Salvador Dali of music,” he said.

Morris always wants people to know that Bowie was a genuinely nice person, who was simply a joy to work with.

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