“I thought, ‘Oh, God, this could go really bad…’ I’m telling him that I can’t remember playing with him on a No. 1 record”: Earl Slick says he was too high to remember meeting John Lennon during David Bowie’s Fame recording session

John Lennon and Earl Slick
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The Beatles’ far-reaching and enduring influence has meant that the pop annals are full of stories of musicians’ near-spiritual encounters with the Fab Four, but Earl Slick’s tale of meeting John Lennon tops most of them – mainly because he has no recollection of it.

In early 1975, Slick had been working on and off with David Bowie and was called into Electric Lady Studios for a session with Lennon on the track that would become Bowie's 1975 hit Fame.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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