Elvis Presley: Scary Song Inspired Dying David Bowie’s Latest Album | Music | Entertainment
David Bowie was a huge Elvis Presley fan, once calling the legendary star “one of my major heroes”. The stars were both born on January 8, which prompted Bowie to say, “I was probably stupid enough to believe having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” The King died young on August 16, 1977 from cardiac arrest, Bowie was 69 when he died on January 10, 2016 from liver cancer.
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Two days before his untimely death, his 69th birthday, Bowie released his 25th and final studio album, Blackstar.
The record is a haunting demonstration of the emotion and fear the singer was going through at the time.
Suffering from a terminal illness, Blackstar and his singles show how enthusiastically he was expressing himself creatively one last time.
Blackstar, as a title, has a number of connotations, primarily with Presley.
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In 1960, Presley recorded the song Black Star for an upcoming film of the same name.
The title of the film was later changed to Flaming Star, which prompted Presley to remove Black Star and record another song entirely.
Presley’s Black Star is a dark song about death, something Bowie undoubtedly acknowledged.
The lyrics say, “Every man has a black star / A black star on his shoulder / And when a man sees his black star / He knows his time, his time has come.”
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Bowie once recalled getting on a plane on short notice to attend an Elvis concert in New York City.
He said: “Came for a long weekend. I remember coming straight from the airport and entering Madison Square Garden very late. I wore all my Ziggy period clobber and I had good seats near the front.
“The whole place turned to me and I felt like a real idiot. I had shiny red hair, huge padded spacesuits and those red boots with chunky black soles.
“I wish I had left for something calm because I had to sign up with him. He was good in his set.”
Bowie also nearly produced Elvis’ final album in 1977, according to country star Dwight Yoakam. Sadly, six months after the idea was pitched by Elvis, he passed away.
Yoakam explained, “It was based on Elvis hearing about Bowie’s golden years, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s a tragedy he never could have done. that. “
“I couldn’t even imagine David Bowie in 1977 producing Elvis. It would have been fantastic. It has to be one of the greatest tragedies in pop music history that it didn’t happen, one of the biggest missed opportunities. “