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.
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.
A portrait taken on May 13, 1983 shows British singer David Bowie during a press conference at the 36th Cannes Film Festival. He is the main actor in Nagisa Oshima’s film “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.”(RALPH GATTI / AFP/Getty Images)
English model Twiggy poses with David Bowie in Paris for the cover of his ‘Pin Ups’ album, 1973.(Justin de Villeneuve / Getty Images)
David Bowie performs in Hartford, Conn.(BOB CHILD / Associated Press)
David Bowie performs on the first night of his UK tour at the MEN Arena on November 17, 2003 in Manchester, England.(Alex Livesey / Getty Images)
David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of “The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004” at Seaclose Park, on June 13, 2004 in Newport, UK.(Jo Hale / Getty Images)
From left, Kate Moss, David Bowie and his wife, Iman, pose for a photo at the 2005 CFDA Awards dinner party at the New York Public Library.(Evan Agostini / Getty Images)
David Bowie performs during the Nokia Isle of Wight Festival in Newport, Britain, on June 13, 2004.(Jo Hale / Getty Images)
David Bowie with his wife, Iman, at the New York premiere of “Hannibal” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb. 5, 2001.(Darla Khazei / Associated Press)
David Bowie at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at the New York Theatre Workshop on April 2, 2015.(Peter Kramer / Associated Press)
Bowie performs at the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Britian, on June 25, 2000.(Toby Melville / Associated Press)
David Bowie as Andy Warhol during filming of the movie “Basquiat” in New York on June 13, 1995.(Steve Sands / Associated Press)
“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.
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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