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David Bowie on The Dick Cavett Show, aired December 5, 1974, with David Sanborn (sax), Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar (guitars), and Pablo Rosario (percussion)

I need to find this somewhere on the interwebs.

Here ya go! It’s quite ragged, coming at the end of 74 Diamond Dog/Soul Dog shows. David’s voice is shredded, but this stompin’ cover of “Footstompin’” by The Flairs features a Carlos Alomar riff that evolved into the foundation of Bowie’s track “Fame”, which the band recorded the following month.

Also featured: Geoff MacCormack (aka Warren Peace) and Luther Vandross on vocals, David Sanborn on sax, and a cutaway to a dancing Ava Cherry.

Poke around and you can find this entire episode of Cavett online, with a highly animated (coked up?) Bowie chattering away, as well as edited performances of “1984″ and the recently recorded but still unreleased title track of “Young Americans”.

Keep in mind that in the US, we were still nearly a full year before Bowie’s prime time TV debut (on Cher, November 23, 1975), so this was the first time that much of mainstream America got a look at our boy in action– as well, indeed, as the first look most of us got of Luther Vandross and the wailin’ David Sanborn.  

So a bit of a mess, yes, but history usually is!

uncledukesbarn: soundsof71: David Bowie on Th…

uncledukesbarn:

soundsof71:

David Bowie on The Dick Cavett Show, aired December 5, 1974, with David Sanborn (sax), Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar (guitars), and Pablo Rosario (percussion)

I need to find this somewhere on the interwebs.

Here ya go! It’s quite ragged, coming at the end of 74 Diamond Dog/Soul Dog shows. David’s voice is shredded, but this stompin’ cover of “Footstompin’” by The Flairs features a Carlos Alomar riff that evolved into the foundation of Bowie’s track “Fame”, which the band recorded the following month.

Also featured: Geoff MacCormack (aka Warren Peace) and Luther Vandross on vocals, and a cutaway to a dancing Ava Cherry.

Poke around and you can find this entire episode of Cavett online, with a highly animated (coked up?) Bowie chattering away, as well as edited performances of “1984″ and the recently recorded but still unreleased title track of “Young Americans”.

Keep in mind that in the US, we were still nearly a full year before Bowie’s prime time TV debut (on Cher, November 23, 1975), so this was the first time that much of mainstream America got a look at our boy in action– as well, indeed, as the first look most of us got of Luther Vandross and the wailin’ David Sanborn.  

So a bit of a mess, yes, but history usually is!

David Bowie (and Geoffrey MacCormack, aka Warren Peace, with…

David Bowie (and Geoffrey MacCormack, aka Warren Peace, with David Sanborn just visible behind them) on The Dick Cavett Show, aired December 5, 1974.

“beat out & love on. Bowie XX” David Bowie fan club…

“beat out & love on. Bowie XX” David Bowie fan club postcard, 1973 Geoff MacCormack photo in front of the Trans-Siberian Express, via davidbowie.com

David Bowie, 1975, by Geoff MacCormack. “I believe the scene was…

David Bowie, 1975, by Geoff MacCormack. “I believe the scene was shot in a Japanese restaurant in LA. If so, I remember David and myself being fairly wired, yet this shot (to my eyes) does not betray this. Although originally shot in black and white, this image is based on an early 1940s movie star – hence the sepia finish I decided upon.”

David Bowie, Cherokee Recording Studio, Hollywood, 1975, for the…

David Bowie, Cherokee Recording Studio, Hollywood, 1975, for the album Station to Station, by Geoff MacCormack. “I was the only backing vocalist on these sessions, so the voices you hear on, say, ‘Golden Years’, are just Bowie’s and mine” 

David Bowie writing lyrics to “Station to Station”, Cherokee…

David Bowie writing lyrics to “Station to Station”, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, 1975, by Geoff MacCormack. Writes lefty, plays guitar righty – but you already knew David went both ways.

David Bowie, Cherokee Recording Studio, Hollywood, 1975, for the…

David Bowie, Cherokee Recording Studio, Hollywood, 1975, for the album Station to Station, by Geoff MacCormack. “I was the only backing vocalist on these sessions, so the voices you hear on, say, ‘Golden Years’, are just Bowie’s and mine”