David Bowie wrote a song for Elvis Presley – but it didn’t go well
Over the years David Bowie would happily speak about how much he idolised the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. On top of worshipping the singer’s music, Bowie felt they had a further connection by being born on the same day, January 8. So then, the star was thrilled when his management, RCA Records – the same company that Elvis worked for – requested his help with a song for the King.
Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker reportedly asked to bring Bowie on board to write a chart-topping hit for the singer.
After this request, Bowie wrote the legendary 1975 song Golden Years.
The disco-funk styled song may have been the perfect fit for the King – but he ultimately wasn’t interested.
Bowie spoke about the event in 2002, saying: “There was talk between our offices that I should be introduced to Elvis and maybe start working with him in a production-writer capacity. But it never came to pass.”