As I’m sure you know, today is probably the greatest double-shot in rock birthdays, the day Elvis Presley would have been 75 and the day David Bowie is 63.
Damn, Elvis wasn’t much younger than I am now when he died, and now I’m old enough that 75 doesn’t seem too old to be featured on documentaries and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame extravaganzas as a “living legend!” The ’68 Comeback Special still resonates for me more than just about anything else The King ever did. I was just a boy when I saw that and first heard songs like “Suspicious Minds.” What a comeback that only set fans up for a major letdown!
You know I’ve struggled to get my head around Bowie’s fine body of work, but I’ve come a long way. Here’s a nice story I saw on a letter the young Bowie wrote to an early fan.