Wednesday, April 16, 2014

40 Year Itch: A Peephole in my Brain

Dana Gillespie's Weren't Born A Man album, which received a full page ad in an April 1974  issue of Billboard Magazine features a song David Bowie originally wrote for her. It's called "Andy Warhol" and , yes, it's the same song Bowie recorded for his 1971 album Hunky Dory. This album contains the 1971 version originally cut by Dana with Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson producing.

A longtime friend, lover and backing vocalist of the Thin White Duke, Dana was signed to Bowie's MainMan management company. Years earlier she inspired Donovan's "Superlungs, My Supergirl" for two obvious reasons.

Weren't Born a Man failed to do much in the way of business and Dana reinvented herself as a B movie siren before returning to music. Today she's a British blues singer well worth tracking down.

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