David Bowie was an enormous Elvis Presley fan, once calling the legendary star “a major hero of mine”. The stars were both born on January 8, prompting Bowie to say: “I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” The King died young on August 16, 1977 due to 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 display of the emotion and dread the singer was going through at the time.
Suffering from a terminal illness, Blackstar and its singles show just how he was eagerly expressing himself creatively one final time.
Blackstar, as a title, has a number of connotations, first and foremost with Presley.
In 1960 Presley recorded the song Black Star for an upcoming film of the same name.
The movie’s title was later changed to Flaming Star, prompting Presley to scrap Black Star and record another song entirely.
Presley’s Black Star is a sombre song about death, something Bowie no doubt recognised
The lyrics go: “Every man has a black star / A black star over 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 at short notice to go and witness an Elvis concert in New York City.
He said: “I came over for a long weekend. I remember coming straight from the airport and walking into Madison Square Garden very late. I was wearing all my clobber from the Ziggy period and had great seats near the front.
“The whole place just turned to look at me and I felt like a right idiot. I had brilliant red hair, some huge padded space suits and those red boots with big black soles.
“I wished I’d gone for something quiet because I must have registered with him. He was well into his set.”
Bowie also almost produced Elvis final album in 1977, according to country star Dwight Yoakam. Unfortunately, six months after the idea was floated by Elvis, he died.
Yoakam explained: “That was based on Elvis having heard Bowie’s Golden Years, and I thought: ‘Oh my God, it’s a tragedy that he was never able to make that.’
“I couldn’t even imagine 1977 David Bowie 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.”