John Lennon wrote a David Bowie chart-topper and sang back-up on it
David Bowie and John Lennon first met in 1974 in New York City. After hitting it off, the pair planned another meet-up and a jam session to get their creativity flowing. A year later, in 1975, Bowie and the former member of The Beatles recorded one of the star’s biggest ever songs from his ninth album, Young Americans. On this day, September 20, in 1975, Bowie’s track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lennon, alongside musician Carlos Alomar, teamed up with Bowie to write a new hit titled Fame.
Speaking in 2003, Bowie explained: “When we were in the studio with John Lennon, I asked Carlos: ‘What was that riff you had?’ And it went from there.”
After working out the music, Lennon spurred Bowie on to write about one of the struggles in his life at the time.
Bowie went on: “We’d been talking about management, and it kind of came out of that.”