Thursday, September 20th, 2012 by Mike McKay
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The 101 Number One Song of the Day was co-written by John Lennon but Paul McCartney had nothing to do with it. It was the product of a former mime who changed his birth name so he wouldn’t be confused with one of the Monkees.
David Robert Jones was born on Elvis’ 12th birthday and by his own 12th birthday he was already deeply interested in music and was studying the saxophone. As he grew he became more interested in combining theatrics with his music. Eventually he came to be known as the ultimate chameleon of rock because of his constant changes in musical styles. With the help of John Lennon who can be heard singing on the end of today’s song, and guitarist Carlos Alamor, he came up with the song which reached number one on September 20th, 1975. By this time, David Jones had changed his last name to Bowie – after the knife, he said. The song: “Fame”