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Adam Administrator
03/27/04 08:58 PM
John Lennon  

I couldn't go in a session and play like George plays, you know. I have limited vocabulary on the guitar and the piano - so what could I do going in with Cream or whatever (the other Beatles) were doing in those days? ... I never did that bit.

And suddenly I was working with Elton and then Bowie was around. We were talking and he'd say come down and I found myself doing that, you know.

So he's fiddling around. He writes them in the studio, you know. He goes in with about 4 words and a few guys and starts laying down this stuff. And he has virtually nothing - he is making it up in the studio.

So I just contributed whatever - you know like backwards piano and oooohhh [hits a high note] and the repeat of 'fame'. Then we needed a middle eight so we took some Stevie Wonder middle eight and did it backwards. [Laughs] And you know we made a record out of it.

So that was like his first number 1 and I thought that was a karmic thing. With me and Elton I got my first number 1 and I passed it on to Bowie and he got his and I like that track you know. [Makes heavy percussive sounds]. Yeah I love it.

And I must say I admire him for the vast repertoire of talent the guy has. I was never around for the Ziggy Stardust thing because I had already left England when all that was going on.

So I never really knew what he was and meeting him doesn't really give you much more of a clue! Because you don't know which one you're talking to, you know


We all have our little personality traits so between him and me, I don't know what was going down ... but we seemed to have some sort of communication together and I think he's great.

John Lennon, 1980, Transcribed Interview souced from MP3

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*John Lennon  AdamAdministrator03/27/04 08:58 PM
.*Lennon when asked about his English friends  ziggfried03/26/05 09:18 AM
.*The Walrus and The Elephant  ziggfried03/26/05 09:19 AM
.*Lennon & Clowns  ziggfried03/26/05 09:22 AM
.*Getting pestered by Bowie  ziggfried03/26/05 09:23 AM
.*Foggy-minded Lennon  ziggfried03/26/05 09:24 AM
.*Double Fantasy personnel  ziggfried03/26/05 09:25 AM
.*Across the Universe  AdamAdministrator11/03/06 08:38 AM
.*Re: John Lennon  thegouster07/21/04 07:50 AM
.*Re: John Lennon  AdamAdministrator09/09/04 10:12 PM
.*John Lennon again  ziggfried03/27/04 09:36 PM
.*Bowie & Lennon  ziggfried03/27/04 09:51 PM
.*Across The Universe again  ziggfried09/25/04 03:46 AM
.*Bowie & Lennon again  ziggfried03/27/04 09:55 PM
.*Bowie & Lennon again again  ziggfried03/27/04 10:01 PM
.*Puts you there where things are hollow  AdamAdministrator03/27/04 11:19 PM
.*Fond memories of Dr. Winston O'Boogie  ziggfried03/28/04 11:10 AM
.*The Lennon Influence on "Space Oddity"  ziggfried04/03/04 12:10 PM
.*The classic, moving speech  ziggfried03/28/04 11:03 AM
.*The origins of "Fame," again...  ziggfried03/28/04 10:57 AM
.*David Bowie on Lennon's Contribution  AdamAdministrator03/27/04 11:15 PM
.*Re: David Bowie on Lennon's Contribution  ziggfried09/25/04 03:52 AM
.*With your silicone hump and Liverpudlian Grump  ziggfried09/26/04 03:53 AM
.*More recollections  ziggfried09/30/04 12:14 PM
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