Friday, 8 April 2016

G - Golden Years

Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere, angel
(Come get up, my baby)
Look at that sky, life's begun
Nights are warm and the days are young

The first track completed in the 1975 Station to Station sessions, "Golden Years" was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles.  It was released in single format in November of 1975 with "Can You Hear Me" as the B-side.  The full-length version was originally intended to be the first track on David Bowie's tenth studio album Station to Station but it ultimately became the second track instead.

Both Bowie's then-wife Angela Barnett and singer Ava Cherry have claimed to be the inspiration for the song.  Bowie himself said that he was looking to emulate the glitzy nostalgia of Broadway musicals, and he offered one version of the song to Elvis Presley to perform, but Presley declined.

"Golden Years" had commercial success in both America and Europe, charting at Number 10 in the U.S. and Number 8 in the UK in 1976.  The song was played regularly on several of Bowie's tours, and was used as the theme for Stephen King's 1991 U.S. mini-series Golden Years.

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