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20 Apr 2005 - David Bowie Sued

David Bowie is being sued for £5 million by the estate of Gus Dudgeon, the record producer who worked on his breakthrough 1969 single "Space Oddity".

Dudgeon, who died in a car crash three years ago, was one of his era's greatest producers - working on tracks such as Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual", Marianne Faithfull's "As Tears Go By" and 11 albums by Elton John.

For his work on "Space Oddity", Dudgeon was allegedly paid a £250 advance against a promise of a 2 per cent cut of the sales. Claiming that he had never received this, the producer had employed royalties' investigator David Morgan to begin legal action just before he and his wife Sheila were killed. The couple, who had no children, left everything they owned to charity. The Dudgeons' estate has now re-assigned Morgan to continue his work so that, if successful, extra money can be added to the charity funds.

Bowie is so far believed to be resisting the claim.
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