David Bowie wrote a song for Elvis Presley

David Bowie wrote a song for Elvis Presley

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 14th October 2021


David Bowie wrote a song for Elvis Presley – but it didn’t go well

Over the years David Bowie would happily speak about how much he idolised the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. On top of worshipping the singer’s music, Bowie felt they had a further connection by being born on the same day, January 8. So then, the star was thrilled when his management, RCA Records – the same company that Elvis worked for – requested his help with a song for the King.

Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker reportedly asked to bring Bowie on board to write a chart-topping hit for the singer.

After this request, Bowie wrote the legendary 1975 song Golden Years.

The disco-funk styled song may have been the perfect fit for the King – but he ultimately wasn’t interested.

Bowie spoke about the event in 2002, saying: “There was talk between our offices that I should be introduced to Elvis and maybe start working with him in a production-writer capacity. But it never came to pass.”

Just a few years later, in 1977, Elvis died. Bowie never got another chance to work with the star.

Bowie recalled: “I would have loved to have worked with him. God, I would have adored it.”

The King was kind enough to send his apologies to the Starman, however.

After rejecting Golden Years he reportedly sent Bowie a note which read: “All the best, and have a great tour.”

Bowie apparently kept this note safe with him for the rest of his life.

The singer later recorded Golden Years for his tenth album Station to Station.

It was released as the first single from the album and reached number eight in the UK Singles Charts.

Despite having previously claimed he had written the successful song for Elvis, Bowie’s then-wife Angela said there was another story behind the track.

Instead, Angela claimed Bowie wrote the song after being so inspired by her.

She said: “I did The Mike Douglas Show, singing I’ve Got A Crush on You. And David was so astonished that he wrote Golden Years.”

Angela added that Bowie sang the song to her “over the phone”.

Considering Angela and Bowie were married in 1970, the timelines make this very possible.

Although Bowie and Elvis never crossed paths creatively, he did give the King one final tribute in his last album, Blackstar.

The album’s title, and its single of the same name, were titled after an Elvis song called Black Star.

The King’s track told of a man knowing he was going to die, similar to how Bowie was suffering from liver cancer at the time.


15 secrets your bank will never tell you

In my real life before retirement, I was an accountant for 45+ years. In that time, I never ever trusted banks. The old adage “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining but wants it back the minute it begins to rain” is so true and I experienced that at first hand so, so many times. (Mark Twain is sometimes credited with this remark, but I know that means little. It seems every clever remark is eventually attributed to Twain).

I never trusted bankers. I used to check (and still do) my bank statements very, very carefully. You will not believe the errors, usually in the banks favour I have found over the years. A friend of mine who was a professional but nothing to do with accounting ridiculed me for checking bank statements. He was under the mistaken view banks were always right. No way. On one large loan my company had I found thousands of pounds in errors where the bank was overcharging us over a ten year period,

And these days the banks if you can find one give no service. I heard about one of the major banks who will only accept cash being paid in on 3 days in a week!!!

Therefore, this Top Fifteen intrigued me.

Are you the kind of person that has total confidence in your banker and who signs, without reading, everything that’s put in front of you? If so, this article is for you! Here are 15 secrets your bank will likely never tell you, but that can make you a better consumer. Caveat emptor—buyer beware—always applies, even in the banking world.

  1. Not all borrowers get the advertised rate

If you want to get a personal loan, beware of the bank’s advertised rates. If you don’t have a good credit report, you might not get the advertised rate and will have to settle for a higher one.

  1. Some insurance is useless

If you got a credit card from your bank, your banker may have offered you different kinds of insurance. According to experts, however, some insurance products are totally useless. This is especially true for credit balance insurance,

  1. Post-dated cheques aren’t foolproof

A post-dated cheque is far from being a sure thing. Some customers were surprised to find that their bank processed a cheque before the date written on it, resulting penalties due to a lack of funds in their account.

  1. Bank employees have targets to reach

Think your banker is your best friend? Think again! They have daily, sometimes even hourly, targets to reach. The pressure to hit these targets can force some employees to offer their clients products they don’t necessarily need.

  1. Businesses also have to pay fees when you use your debit card

You aren’t the only one paying fees when you pay with your debit card—the business you’re buying from does as well. The fees vary regionally throughout the world, usually a few cents per transaction.

  1. Bank employees are seriously stressed

A CBC investigation into employees at Canada’s five big banks found that some employees were so stressed about reaching their sales targets that they had to go on medical leave. Others suffered from insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

Canadian bankers aren’t the only ones in this situation. Similar situations have been reported in the United States.

  1. Your bank may not be the best place to invest your money

Your bank isn’t always the best place to invest your money. Bankers often can’t offer all the savings and investment products available on the market. In other words, there might be a better product for your situation, but your banker would be unable to offer it to you.

  1. Bankers work for their bank—not you

With massive quarterly earnings and senior management freely admitting that their business objective is to increase value for their shareholders, it’s clear that banks care more about their own interests than those of their clients. They want to make sure they’re getting the most from you at each interaction, often selling you unnecessary products or services.

  1. By the end of your mortgage, you will have paid a huge amount of interest

When you get a mortgage, your bank is making money. Along with having to repay your mortgage, you have to pay a significant amount of interest. For instance, a $250,000 mortgage amortized over 25 years at a 4% interest rate will cost you $395,877.36.

  1. Selling your home? You might have to pay a penalty

Have you decided to sell your home? Congratulations! You may have to pay a penalty, however, sometimes in the thousands of dollars, to your bank because you broke your mortgage. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about this practice.

  1. Mortgage insurance might not be the best option

Did your banker offer you life insurance with your mortgage? By accepting their offer, you may save time, but your portfolio might not grow. You might have been able to get a better product from a mortgage broker or an insurance company, who could have offered you products that are more suited to your needs, but that’s not something your banker would mention.

  1. Bankers aren’t always honest

Data theft, fraudulent transfers, fake debit cards—these crimes are becoming increasingly common among bank employees, according to Brenda Fischer, chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau for the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The problem is that many bank employees receive low wages, encouraging them to commit illegal acts.

  1. Using your debit card while travelling can be costly

Would you rather wait to get to your international destination before getting money from an ATM? Be careful—this can be very expensive. Even ATMs that are advertised as free usually aren’t. They often have a significantly higher exchange rate than your credit card.

  1. Your bank can freeze your assets without telling you

If you didn’t read the small print when you opened your bank account, you probably should have. Banks generally have the power to freeze your account or, in some cases, close it. They aren’t even required to give you notice.

  1. No credit history is not necessarily a good idea

Terrified of credit cards? Always pay in cash? Despite being a great way to avoid debt, this practice might actually damage your credit report. To build a good credit score, you have to take on debt—and pay it back on time!


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi


Happiness is…the thought of Bowie writing a song for Elvis.


“A man is designed to walk three miles in the rain to phone for help when the car breaks down, and a woman is designed to say, ‘you took your time’ when he comes back dripping wet.”


Love is…is it?


A time to listen to a Bowie album…A time to listen to an Elvis Presley album.


14th October

1066 The Battle of Hastings was fought, on Senlac Hill, near Pevensey. An English army, commanded by King Harold, was defeated by the invasion force of William of Normandy. Harold was killed and Edgar the Ætheling was proclaimed king, but never crowned. William I ‘The Conqueror’ and the first Norman King of England, was subsequently crowned at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066.

1878 The first football match played under floodlights took place at Bramhall Lane, Sheffield, in front of a crowd of just under 20,000. Two generators positioned behind each goal powered lights on 30 ft. high wooden towers situated at each corner of the field. The light was deemed so bright that some ladies present put up their parasols to protect themselves from being burned!

1940 Cliff Richard was born. His first hit was ‘Move It’.

2013 The death of Grace Jones, the oldest person in the UK, at the age of 113 years 342 days. She was the last living British person to be born in the 1800s.






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