My BFF, Tony Colter, first turned me on to David Bowie.
Facts you might know...real name David Jones. Changed it because there was a famous Davy Jones already. In the Monkees. So influential...there was a time that it seemed all the English bands had singers that sounded eerily like him. He was also the first major star to sell his song catalog for millions. Smart.
I first met David on CBS This Morning. He was a guest and I was all excited that I was going to interview THE David Bowie.
He very politely thanked me on the air.
And me? I darn near fainted.
The next time I saw him was on a flight to L.A. on Christmas Eve 1995. My daughter Maya, who is twenty now, was a baby then.
Well, they have a daughter now and I guess I'm the guy you should be thanking for that.
As you know, I did Live By Request on A & E and David was the star of one of those shows.
The way it worked was there was a studio audience of about two hundred people with millions more watching on the tube. People would call in, David would talk to them, and play their memories.
In the audience that night were Tony, my sister and brother, Karen and Kirk, and my wife, Denise.
Big Time Bowie fans, all.
During commercial breaks there was down time and each of the artists we did handled that time differently. Phil Collins played Motown songs, Elton John sang bawdy limericks. David just stood there quietly while his makeup artist touched him up.
And then it happened.
From the audience a woman shouted, "David, I love you!" Everybody laughed including David. When the crowd died down, he said with a twinkle in his eye, "You don't love me, you just admire me from a distance!" The audience erupted again.
The show continued, he was great, the band was great and afterwards I took my entourage backstage to meet Mr. Bowie.
On the ride home, I was still so pumped, and we excitedly talked about the evening. I said, "Can you believe that woman shouting out that she loved David?" They all turned to my wife and said, "SHE did it!"
"I couldn't help myself," Denise said sheepishly.
I was aghast and proud at the same time.
A true original.
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