By: John Ward & Joel Leaver
David Bowie is said to have been “convinced” that his father’s ghost had phoned him every day for a week once. The late singer – who himself passed away in 2016, aged 69 – lost his father Haywood Jones in 1969, reportedly due to pneumonia, before his music career had really taken off.
It’s been claimed that in the week following his father’s death, the Grammy Award winner had experienced what he believed at the time was some paranormal activity. He’s said to have been “convinced” that Haywood was communicating with him from beyond the grave, with the phone having rang at the exact same time for days.
John Cambridge – a drummer who was friends with Bowie – has said that it happened after the performer moved into a country house in Derbyshire, according to the Daily Star. He claims that after Bowie and his band moved into Haddon Hall, the singer – born David Robert Jones – believed that he had been contacted by the spirit of his late father.
According to Cambridge, Bowie “confided” in him that the phone rang at 5.30pm “every day for a week” following the death of his father Haywood on August 5, 1969. Cambridge further commented: “He said nobody ever answered when he said ‘hello,’ and he was convinced that it was his dad, letting him know that everything was okay.”
He described the property as “an old and atmospheric place,” with a “spooky” vibe – recalling that it had a “dark, sweeping staircase” as well as large stained glass windows. The drummer said that he never “personally” felt anything supernatural whilst at Haddon Hall himself, though he recalled others suspecting paranormal activity there.
Bowie – who had the alter ego Ziggy Stardust – passed away himself in 2016. The acclaimed musician had been diagnosed with liver cancer less than two years earlier. Over the course of his career, he received a number of accolades including Brit Awards and Grammy Awards, with him having even won an Emmy Award in 2003.
Among his biggest hits are Space Oddity, released in 1969, and Life on Mars, released in 1973. The former topped the charts in the UK, whilst the latter reached Number 3.