Glenn Hughes Looks Back On Wild Times With David Bowie

Glenn Hughes

(Classic Rock) David Bowie and former Deep Purple star Glenn Hughes bonded over a love of soul music and ended up sharing a house in Beverly Hills. Hughes looked back on the experience for Classic Rock and wrote the following:

David Bowie and I first met in the summer of 1974 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in a room full of guys and girls that included Keith Moon, Ronnie Wood, Harry Nilsson, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper. I wasn't going completely off the rails… but I was about to. In walked Angie Bowie and said that her husband had seen me at the California Jam on the TV and wanted to meet me.

I was led upstairs into this dark room, everybody left and he asked me how I'd got into Purple when I was a soul guy. He was fascinated by that. We spoke for three or four hours about music, R&B… everything. The following day I worked at the studio [where Purple were making Stormbringer] and attended one of the several nights David was playing at the Universal Ampitheatre. The day after that he came to the studio and watched me sing the track Hold On. For the rest of that summer we were inseparable.

He asked to stay for a while at my place in Beverly Hills. I was in Germany but he came anyway - by train, alone… which was incredible for one of the world's biggest stars. I arrived home five days later. At the time David was preparing himself for the role of The Man Who Fell To Earth. For a while nobody knew he was in LA except me and Phil Daoussis, the guy who looked after me back then - not even David's manager Tony Defries, or the members of his band. I was sworn to secrecy.

I'm so full of respect for David. During the creation of Station To Station we were addled, out of our minds. How could he be so fearless as to stand at the mic and write those lyrics to Golden Years on the spot? That's when he asked me to sing on the album, but the band [Deep Purple] and the management were against it. I don't think anyone knows that, but it's true and it really upset me. Read more here.

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