Flasback to the 1975, and the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week – Fame by David Bowie.
Recorded at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios, the song was co-written with John Lennon and Bowie’s regular collaborator Carlos Alomar, who both recorded the song with Bowie.
Bowie had been spending time in New York City in 1974 and 1975, while he battled with his management company to get out of his contract.
The song reflects his anger at the time, and his emotions fueled the song, with lyrics like “Fame makes a man takes things over, Fame lets him loose, hard to swallow.”
The song became Bowie’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and his first song to hit the top 10 in the US. The song hit number one in Canada but only hit 17 in the UK charts.
It also led Bowie to perform the song on US tv show Soul Train and was included in several compilations in consequent years but the song was never on any Bowie album.