In 1975, 43 years ago, David Bowie made a television appearance that would not only live in the memory of his fans but within the holy grail of ‘TV history’. He teamed with pop icon Cher to deliver a medley of songs in one of the must-see moments of the 70’s.
Bowie was on the newly- solo-Cher hosted show, having decided to go separate ways with Sonny Bono, to promote his new album Young Americans, but what transpired would live in the hearts and minds of many for years to come.
Often referred to as the ‘Young Americans’ medley’ it seems an ill-fitting title, as really the songs that the two icons attacked were so varied that the six-and-a-half minutes of musical meandering that occurred deserved its own title, if not its own show. The amalgamation of tunes rested heavily on the duo’s pop sensibilities, dipping their musical toes across a range of instantly recognisable hits.
A somewhat ‘eclectic’ set of tunes, the duo still applied themselves with their unbelievable showmanship and style to somehow pull off every single one of them, despite the differences in genre and pace.
The tracklist for the medley is something of pure beauty:
- Young Americans
- Song Sung Blue
- Da Doo Ron Ron
- Wedding Bell Blues
- Maybe Maybe Baby
- Day Tripper
- Blue Moon
- Only You (And You Alone)
- Ain’t No Sunshine
- Young Blood
- Young Americans (reprise)
Bowie’s own website noted: “On paper, it looks a little cheesy, but if you’ve not seen it we think you’ll agree that both singers’ performances are sincere and heartfelt. It shouldn’t have worked, what with Cher’s house band performing the backing and the choice of snippets performed, but it did.”
Take a look for yourself and enjoy the splendour of two of the world’s greatest pop icons doing what they do best.