9/11/18: David Bowie “Golden Years”

David Bowie had a long and successful career with a lot of different phases. One of those phases for the multi-talented Englishman was — for lack of a better term — his “soulful phase.” He came out with “Young Americans,” featuring a song called “Fame,” which was a collaboration with his good friend, John Lennon. “Fame” was his first #1 song in the United States. On his “Station To Station” album, he came out with a song called “Golden Years,” and that’s the song that found its way into my head this morning. Interestingly enough, Bowie was invited to appear on “Soul Train” during this time. Back in those days, he was one of the few white artists to appear on the program, and of course, he got the royal introduction from the one-and-only, ultra-cool Don Cornelius (love that guy!) It just so happened that during this stage of his career, David Bowie’s coke habit was at his peak. The story goes that he also got extremely drunk before his appearance on “Soul Train.” He did “Golden Years,” and also performed “Fame” that day.

David Bowie was so much more than a singer/songwriter. He was an actor, a playwright, a screen writer, and a real visionary, idolized by millions of fans. Personally, I never was really into the whole “Ziggy Stardust” part of his career early on, but the man could make some great music. My personal favorite that he did was a song called “Heroes.” “Golden Years” is an incredibly catchy tune, too, and once it gets in your head it’s hard to get out! Unfortunately, Bowie passed away about 2 and ½ years ago, leaving behind a legacy as one of the world’s most influential musicians. He was a great one! His music is in my head right now, so here you go…