Beatles step aside for David Bowie on weekend radio show


In a first for the nation’s longest-running Beatles radio show, “Breakfast With the Beatles” host Chris Carter will devote Sunday’s show entirely to the music of David Bowie, although there will be some overlap thanks to Bowie’s interactions with members of the Fab Four.

“Over the last 56 years, I’ve listened to more David Bowie records than any other artist or group,” Carter told The Times on Friday. “I’ve consumed more books and articles about Mr. Bowie than anybody or anything. His words and music and overall classy coolness have inspired me in countless ways over the years. David Jones of Brixton is my favorite artist ever,” he said, referring to Bowie by his real surname.

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Carter also hosts a weekly British Invasion show on SiriusXM satellite radio, carried on Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel (Ch. 26), and will be playing four hours of Bowie’s music on that show as well.

“My guests on the SiriusXM show will be Blondie/Bowie producer Shel Talmy and Mick Ronson’s wife, Suzi Ronson, who created the Ziggy [Stardust] haircut and dressed all the Spiders From Mars,” Carter said.

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As for bringing Bowie into the Beatles show, the best-known musical meeting of Bowie and a Beatle is his 1975 hit “Fame,” which he wrote with John Lennon, who also can be heard singing on the track, Bowie’s first No. 1 single.


Bowie also recorded a version of Lennon’s Beatles-era song “Across the Universe” on which Lennon can be heard, as well as his rendition of George Harrison’s solo number “Try Some, Buy Some.”

“Breakfast With the Beatles” airs Sunday mornings at 9 on KLOS (95.5 FM). “I’ve decided for this Sunday — only — to transform the ‘Breakfast With the Beatles’ format to ‘Breakfast With Bowie,’” Carter said.

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