You May Not Know: John Lennon Co-wrote David Bowie's Fame

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You May Not Know: John Lennon Co-wrote David Bowie's Fame
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One of the most unlikely quotes about two great rock stars comes from David Bowie when he said about John Lennon: "Whenever the two of us got together it started to resemble Beavis and Butthead on [CNN debate programme] Crossfire." They were great pals, and occasional collaborators. It's Lennon who interjects "Fame!" as a backing vocal on the classic Bowie track of the same name, and he's credited as a co-writer on the song too, along with Bowie and guitarist Carlos Alomar.

Bowie had invited Lennon to New York's Electric Lady Studios in January 1975 hoping that he might work on a cover of the Beatles track Across the Universe that Bowie wanted to include on his forthcoming Young Americans album. Lennon played acoustic guitar and sang backing vocals, and also jammed on a guitar riff that Alomar had pulled from the 1961 track Footstompin' Pt 1 by The Flares. Lennon yelped "Aim!" over the riff, thereby setting in motion the writing of the rest of the song, which would go on to give Bowie his first US No.1.

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    Slap-happy
    And there was the coincidence of the lyric; "The workers have struck for fame, Now that Lennon's on sale again..." from Life On Mars? in 1971.