David Bowie worked on four songs at Olympic Sound Studios on 14 January 1974, for the Diamond Dogs album.
Kate Simon was taking shots for Disc & Music Echo of Stomu Yamashta, who was recording in another studio at Olympic. Afterwards, Simon visited Bowie as he was recording ‘Big Brother’ with Mike Garson, and was later given a lift home in Bowie’s limousine.
I can see David clearly now, sitting behind the huge desk in the main room, in a long green synthetic fur coat and a green felt hat, singing and playing acoustic guitar.
I was overwhelmed at how good he was, just accompanying himself. And he was lovely, gave me absolute freedom that day.
He kept calling me ‘Bette’ – he believed I looked like Bette Midler – and once I was done, said: ‘Bette, do you need a lift back into town?’
He was heading to Oakley Street and so I got a ride in this huge limousine to my flat in Fulham. He was very, very nice, but all the way – on what was quite a long journey – he didn’t say word, until I got out. Then he said: ‘I’ll see you again.’ Maybe he was kind of wistful that day.
Also on this day...
- 1977: Album release: Low
- 1966: UK single release: Can’t Help Thinking About Me
- 1965: The Manish Boys audition for Hamburg’s Star-Club
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