David Bowie and John Lennon first met in 1974 in New York Metropolis. After hitting it off, the pair deliberate one other meet-up and a jam session to get their creativity flowing. A 12 months later, in 1975, Bowie and the previous member of The Beatles recorded one of many star’s largest ever songs from his ninth album, Younger Individuals. On today, September 20, in 1975, Bowie’s observe reached primary on the Billboard Sizzling 100.
Lennon, alongside musician Carlos Alomar, teamed up with Bowie to write down a brand new hit titled Fame.
Talking in 2003, Bowie defined: “Once we have been within the studio with John Lennon, I requested Carlos: ‘What was that riff you had?’ And it went from there.”
After understanding the music, Lennon spurred Bowie on to write down about one of many struggles in his life on the time.
Bowie went on: “We’d been speaking about administration, and it sort of got here out of that.”
Bowie continued: “[Lennon] was telling me: ‘You’re being shafted by your current supervisor’ (laughs).
“That was principally the road. And John was the man who opened me as much as the concept all administration is crap.”
Lennon additionally offered some backing vocals for Fame.
Most notably, his voice could be heard within the remaining moments of the music, singing “fame” repeatedly in numerous pitches.
Lennon additionally gave Bowie some stern recommendation about being a songwriter as they grew to become nearer mates.
Bowie as soon as recalled: “I requested John in the future: ‘How do you write your songs?’ He stated: ‘It’s straightforward, you simply say what you imply, you set a backbeat to it.’
“I stated: ‘What do you consider my sort of rock ‘n’ roll?’ He stated: ‘It’s nice, but it surely’s simply rock ‘n’ roll with lipstick on.”
Bowie finally went on to explain Lennon as “his best mentor”.
Bowie and Lennon weren’t at all times the very best of mates, nevertheless.
At first, Bowie was extraordinarily nervous to be hanging out with a member of the Fab 4.
He recalled in 1999: “I feel we have been well mannered with one another, in that sort of older-younger method. So John was kind of: ‘Oh, right here comes one other new [rocker].’
“And I used to be kind of like: ‘It’s John Lennon!’ I don’t know what to say. Don’t point out the Beatles, you’ll look actually silly.”