The artist topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "Fame," the disco-soul single he co-wrote with John Lennon.

In EARLY 1975, 28-year-old DAVID Bowie invited John Lennon, then 34, to collaborate on the album that would become Young Americans. The genre- and gender-bending "Space Oddity" singer and the former Beatle had forged a ­friendship -- that Bowie, in 1999, ­likened to "Beavis and Butt-head on [the canceled CNN debate show] Crossfire" -- after meeting the previous year at a party thrown by screen star Elizabeth Taylor.

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