David Bowie
Bowie David 1975 Fame 45

Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame
That burns your change to keep you insane

- co-written and backing vocals by John Lennon -

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1975 for two weeks
  • peaked at No. 21 on the R&B Singles chart in 1975
  • peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles chart in 1975
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • from David Bowie's ninth studio album, Young Americans (1975)
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • the biggest hit single for David Bowie
  • one of two No. 1 hits for Bowie - the other being "Let's Dance" (1983)
  • the song was based on a riff guitarist Carlos Alomar heard on "Footstompin'," a song by '60s R&B band the Flames
  • on the record:
         David Bowie - lead vocals, guitar
         John Lennon - guitar, backing vocals
         Carlos Alomar - guitar
         Emir Kassan - bass
         Dennis Davis - drums
         Ralph McDonald - percussion
         Jean Fineberg, Jean Millington - backing vocals
  • written by David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon
  • produced, mixed by Harry Maslin, David Bowie
  • arranged by David Bowie
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