John Lennon David Bowie: Were David and John close? Did they work together?

JOHN LENNON died 40 years ago in December, while fans of David Bowie recently acknowledged the fifth anniversary of his death - but were the music legends friends and collaborators?

PUBLISHED: 10:50, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 10:50, Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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David Bowie performs John Lennon's 'Imagine' in 1983

John Lennon made a huge amount of music after his time in The Beatles ended. Much of this was with his wife, Yoko Ono, however he took time to collaborate with big musicians of the era like Sir Elton John. But did he collaborate with David Bowie, and were they friends?


David Bowie openly admitted on a number of occasions how much he looked up to The Beatles, and John Lennon particularly.

They were pictured conversing backstage at the 17th Grammy Awards in 1975, though on stage John performed with Paul Simon.

While it is not clear if this is where they met, John was a longtime icon to David, and later his collaborator Tony Visconti recalled how ‘terrified’ the singer was to meet his idol.

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Speaking to Radio 4 on ‘Bowie Night’, Tony said: “About one in the morning I knocked on the door and for about the next two hours, John Lennon and David weren't speaking to each other.

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David Bowie - was he friends with John LennonDavid Bowie - was he friends with John Lennon (Image: Getty)

David Bowie and John Lennon at the GrammysDavid Bowie and John Lennon at the Grammys (Image: Getty)

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"Instead, David was sitting on the floor with an art pad and a charcoal and he was sketching things and he was completely ignoring Lennon.

"So, after about two hours of that, he [John] finally said to David, 'Rip that pad in half and give me a few sheets. I want to draw you.'

“So David said, 'Oh, that's a good idea', and he finally opened up. So John started making caricatures of David, and David started doing the same of John and they kept swapping them and

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