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21 Awesome Facts About David Bowie

Did you know John Lennon co-wrote one of his biggest hits?

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1. Bowie's left pupil is permanently dilated after being punched in the eye by his friend George Underwood (they were fighting over a girl).

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Despite the fight, George and Bowie remain life-long friends.

George also did the album cover artwork for Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.

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4. His first television appearance was in 1964, at the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.

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7. His hit song "Fame", was co-written by John Lennon, who also sang backing vocals.

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"Fame" was David's first number No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as his first to break the top 10.

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9. In 1975, Nile Rodgers auditioned to play guitar in Bowie's band. He didn't get the part.

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Rodgers did go on to produce the biggest-selling album of Bowie's career, 1983's Let's Dance.

13. The now Christmas classic, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy,” was originally supposed to be just a duet of the “Little Drummer Boy.” Bowie reportedly hated the song “Little Drummer Boy” and only agreed to do the duet with Bing if he sang another song.

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15. He did the voice (gurgling) for the baby in the song "Magic Dance," in the movie Labyrinth:

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17. Even though it was a huge hit single, Bowie never performed the song “Under Pressure” before a live audience until the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. He and Annie Lennox sang it as a duet (backed by the surviving members of Queen):

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20. During his 2004 North American tour, Bowie was followed around by a 5′3″ pink bunny.

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The bunny showed up in the front row all his shows, which Bowie wasn’t too concerned about, saying “I thought, ‘Hey, it’s rock’ n' roll. It’s just a 5ft 3in bunny’.”

According to him, things got very strange as he was taking off from New York, "Then we got on the plane out of New York and the bunny was on board. The guy was still in the costume."

While the person in the costume has never been identified, it has been speculated that it was Isabelle Guns, a member of his fan club and not a stalker.

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