On December 8th, 1983, the third anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, his friend David Bowie stood in front of a crowd in Hong Kong and sang ‘Imagine’. Emotional, and almost in tears, he recalled a few of his sweet memories from the time Lennon and him spent together. Lennon and Bowie co-wrote Bowie’s hit, ‘Fame’, together with Carlos Alomar.
On stage, bowie said: I asked John one day: “How do you write your songs?”, He said: “It’s easy, you just say what you mean and put a backbeat to it”. I said: “What do you think that i’ve done in Rock and Roll?”, he said: “It’s great, but it’s just Rock and Roll with lipstick on”.
Bowie told the audience about the last time he saw Lennon, at the market in Hong Kong. He found a Beatles jacket and asked Lennon to put it on so he could laugh and take a picture. “I still got the photograph”, he said, “The jacket doesn’t fit probably, it looks like John had outgrown him”.