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The Beatles made a number of famous fans along the journey of their careers. One of their biggest admirers was fellow British artist David Bowie. While the two acts were very much in the same circles in the 1960s and 1970s, it took some time for them to meet up for the first time. In a new interview with music producer Tony Visconti, it was revealed Bowie was originally quite worried about meeting legendary Beatle John Lennon.
Visconti spoke in an interview to commemorate the five-year anniversary of Bowie’s death, which happened on Jan 10, 2016.
During the chat he told of the fateful meeting of Lennon and Bowie, which eventually led to the 1975 collaboration on the song Fame.
On Bowie meeting the enormous star, Visconti revealed: “He was terrified of meeting John Lennon.”
Nevertheless, the Heroes singer met with the Imagine star in a hotel room in New York.
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However, the meeting didn’t go as hoped, Visconti revealed, as he was asked by Bowie to help “buffer the situation”.
He said: “About one in the morning I knocked on the door and for about the next two hours, John Lennon and David weren’t speaking to each other.
“Instead, David was sitting on the floor with an art pad and a charcoal and he was sketching things and he was completely ignoring Lennon. So, after about two hours of that, he [John] finally said to David: ‘Rip that pad in half and give me a few sheets. I want to draw you.’”
This was apparently enough to relax everyone in the room, kickstarting the pair’s relationship.
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Visconti added: “David said, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea’, and he finally opened up.
“So John started making caricatures of David, and David started doing the same of John and they kept swapping them and then they started laughing and that broke the ice.”
The artistic duo then enjoyed a fantastic friendship, seeing them work together on Across the Universe, and the aforementioned Fame.
By that time, Lennon was enjoying working on his own music, but the star had previously confessed he hated one song he wrote whilst in The Beatles.
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Speaking in an interview in 1980, Lennon hit out at one song in particular, saying: “It’s Only Love is mine. I always thought it was a lousy song.”
“The lyrics were abysmal. I always hated that song.”
Although it may sound like Lennon was just simply hating on his own work, fellow Fab Four member Paul McCartney agreed with him.
McCartney also spoke up in an interview about It’s Only Love, saying: “Sometimes we didn’t fight it if the lyric came out rather bland on some of those filler songs like It’s Only Love.
“If a lyric was really bad we’d edit it, but we weren’t that fussy about it, because it’s only a rock ‘n’ roll song. I mean, this is not literature.”
It’s Only Love was one of the hit songs on The Beatles’ 1965 album Help!
Although the track was described as “filler”, the album is one of the band’s best-selling records of all time, reaching multiple platinum status in the 1990s.
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