Did You Know: “Young Americans” By David Bowie

Our Monday ‘Tickets @ 2’ song is “Young Americans” by David Bowie. Bowie was not an American, he was born and raised in England. Bowie said that this was the result of cramming his “whole American experience” into one song.

The album was recorded between tour dates at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios, which was the capital of black music in the area. Over the course of about 8 very creative days, David recorded most of the songs.

The line near the end, “I heard the news today, oh boy,” is a reference to the Beatles song “A Day In The Life.” John Lennon worked with Bowie on “Fame” and “Across The Universe.” Both songs are on the album.

The lead instrument is the saxophone played by Jazz  player David Sanborn, who was just starting to get noticed when Bowie brought him in to play on this.

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller # 7 to 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to see The Midtown Men-Four Stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys” Thursday, June 13th at the Segerstrom Concert Hall.


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