3 Songs Most Fans Don’t Know Was Written By David Bowie
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David Bowie, renowned as a captivating frontman and prolific songwriter, has not only created hits under his own name but also penned songs for other artists throughout his illustrious career. Let’s explore three lesser-known tracks that David Bowie wrote for other artists, which highlight his versatility as a songwriter and his ability to craft compelling compositions for both himself and other artists.
Peter Noone: “Oh! You Pretty Thing”
Written solely by David Bowie, “Oh! You Pretty Things” was featured on Bowie’s 1971 album, Hunky Dory. However, it was Peter Noone who first recorded the song for his April 1971 album and released it as a solo single. Bowie played piano on Noone’s version. While some consider it one of Bowie’s finest compositions, it was Noone who brought the track to life first. It explores the concept of evolution on Earth, imagining the arrival of the “homo superior.”
Ava Cherry and The Astronettes: “I Am a Laser”
Written by David Bowie, “I Am a Laser” appeared on Ava Cherry’s album, People From Bad Homes. Ava Cherry, a Vogue model and artist, met Bowie in the early 1970s while working as a nightclub waitress. They collaborated from 1972 to 1975, and Cherry later pursued a solo singing career. The song showcases Bowie’s influence, evident in the guitar work and vocal delivery.
Tina Turner: “Girls”
Written by David Bowie and Erdal Kizilçay, “Girls” appeared on Tina Turner’s 1986 album, Break Every Rule, and was released as a single the same year. Bowie later recorded his own version for his 1987 album, Never Let Me Down. The song delves into themes of love and loneliness, making it a fitting subject for rock ‘n’ roll.