Berlin unveils plaque as tribute to David Bowie

David Bowie in 1977.

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BERLIN -- Berlin’s mayor has inaugurated a memorial to a hero: a plaque commemorating David Bowie’s time in the then-divided city in the late 1970s.

Mayor Michael Mueller recalled Bowie’s “special relationship” with Berlin as he unveiled the plaque Monday at the building where Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978.

The singer died in January aged 69, and the sidewalk outside the house on a busy street in the city’s Schoeneberg district - home to a dental practice among other things - turned into a makeshift shrine in the subsequent weeks.

Bowie’s albums “Low” and “Heroes” were made in West Berlin. The plaque quotes the refrain from the latter’s title track - “We can be heroes, just for one day.”

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The commemorative plaque dedicated to musician David Bowie -- reading “In this house lived from 1976 to 1978 David Bowie. During this time the albums ‘Low,’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘Lodger’ have been created. They were storied in music history as the Berlin Trilogy” -- is displayed at the artist’s former apartment in Berlin in August 22, 2016.

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