David Bowie and John Lennon first met in 1974 in New York City. After hitting it off, the pair deliberate one other meet-up and a jam session to get their creativity flowing. A year later, in 1975, Bowie and the previous member of The Beatles recorded one of many star’s greatest ever songs from his ninth album, Young Americans.
Lennon, alongside musician Carlos Alomar, teamed up with Bowie to jot down a new hit for the upcoming album titled Fame.
Speaking in 2003, Bowie defined: “When we were in the studio with John Lennon, I asked Carlos: ‘What was that riff you had?’ And it went from there.”
After figuring out the music, Lennon spurred Bowie on to jot down about one of many struggles in his life on the time.
Bowie went on: “We’d been talking about management, and it kind of came out of that.”
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Bowie continued: “[Lennon] was telling me: ‘You’re being shafted by your present manager’ (laughs).
“That was principally the road. And John was the man who opened me as much as the concept all administration is crap.”
Lennon also provided some backing vocals for Fame.
Most notably, his voice can be heard in the final moments of the song, singing “fame” repeatedly in different pitches.
Lennon also gave Bowie some stern advice about being a songwriter as they became closer friends.
Bowie once recalled: “I requested John at some point: ‘How do you write your songs?’ He mentioned: ‘It’s straightforward, you simply say what you imply, you set a backbeat to it.’
“I said: ‘What do you think of my kind of rock ‘n’ roll?’ He said: ‘It’s great, but it’s just rock ‘n’ roll with lipstick on.”
Bowie ultimately went on to explain Lennon as “his greatest mentor”.
Bowie and Lennon weren’t at all times the most effective of associates, nonetheless.
At first, Bowie was extraordinarily nervous to be hanging out with a member of the Fab Four.
He recalled in 1999: “I think we were polite with each other, in that kind of older-younger way. So John was sort of: ‘Oh, here comes another new [rocker].’
“And I used to be type of like: ‘It’s John Lennon!’ I don’t know what to say. Don’t point out the Beatles, you’ll look actually silly.”