Four years ago, at the age of 69, David Bowie died of liver cancer. Just as how there was no way that we couldn’t highlight a Bowie video on his birthday, there’s also no way that, on this day, we can’t share another video from him.
Golden Years was one of Bowie’s signature tunes. Angela Bowie claimed that the song was written for her but David never denied or confirmed that claim. David Bowie did say that he originally tried to give the song to Elvis Presley but Elvis turned it down. At that time, Elvis probably did not want to be reminded that he was in his “golden years.”
In 1975, in the days before MTV, music videos were often simply performance clips. The video for Golden Years was taken from Bowie’s performance on Soul Train. Bowie appeared on the show on November 4th, 1975 and he performed both Golden Years and Fame. Bowie was only the 2nd white artist to ever appear on Soul Train. (The first was Elton John.) A lifelong fan of American R&B, Bowie was a huge Soul Train fan and was reportedly so nervous about appearing on the show that he actually got a little drunk before his performance.
David Bowie, R.I.P,