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Lost & Found: David Bowie Dances on Soul Train

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David Bowie dancing on ‘Soul Train’ is a thing of beauty. He couldn’t look more British if he tried. Bowie lip-synced his hit song ‘Fame’ on ‘Soul Train,’ but the snarly angst still comes through. He’d just been through some bad times with his management, and the song is a bit of a response to those bad times.

Bowie wrote ‘Fame’ with John Lennon after they had a long discussion about the problems that come with being a celebrity. Bowie called up his band, and they all recorded ‘Fame’ — as well as a cover of the Beatles‘ ‘Across the Universe’ — at the famous Electric Lady Studios. Both tracks ended up on Bowie’s 1975 album ‘Young Americans.’

The man once known as Ziggy Stardust answered a few questions from the audience before performing. One guy seemed to catch Bowie off-guard by asking if he was appearing alongside Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming film. Bowie was probably surprised by the total randomness of the question.

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Bowie dances through another one of his soul songs, ‘Golden Years,’ during this performance. He initially offered ‘Golden Years’ to Elvis Presley — but the King passed on it. So Bowie recorded it himself, and it wrapped up his soul/funk era. Soon after that, he recorded his legendary Berlin Trilogy — ‘Low,’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘Lodger.’ Check out his performance of ‘Golden Years’ in the video below.

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