David Bowie’s Mick Jagger Impression

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David Bowie, appearing on Parkinson in 2002

You never knew when David Bowie’s keen sense of humor would appear. But given a comfortable setting on television, the likelihood of his displaying his wit would often emerge. Such was the case in 2002 when, to promote his album Heathen, he appeared – alongside fellow guest Tom Hanks – on the British TV talk show, Parkinson, hosted by Michael Parkinson.

Bowie tells the host about the first time he saw the Rolling Stones perform, in 1963, at the Brixton Odeon in southwest London, when they opened for Little Richard. Bowie, born in January 1947, would have been 16 years old.

In these early days of the Stones, their first singles were covers of such artists as Chuck Berry (“Carol”) and the Beatles (“I Wanna Be Your Man”).

“They weren’t very well known,” Bowie recalls. “There were about six kids rushed to the front. That was their fan base at the time. Everybody was there for Little Richard.

“It was priceless… I had never seen anything so rebellious in my life. A guy yells out, ‘Get your haircut!'” Bowie then does a priceless impersonation of Jagger.

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Ten years later, Bowie recorded a glam cover version of the Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together” for his 1973 album, Aladdin Sane.

And, of course, there was the time Bowie and Jagger, who was four years his senior, paired for a cover of “Dancing in the Street,” originally a hit for Martha and the Vandellas in 1964.

The legends’ version was recorded in 1985 as a charity single associated with the Live Aid relief cause. The new recording reached #1 in the U.K. and #4 on the Hot 100.

Related: 10 times Jagger shared the mic

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  1. Paul Mac
    #1 Paul Mac 28 July, 2020, 09:19

    David Bowie was certainly a talented guy. What a great impersonation of Mick.

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  2. Foundstar
    #2 Foundstar 3 August, 2021, 15:31

    Jesus H we are losing so may great talents of R&R lately. “I can’t change time”…

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