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Goodbye, David Bowie

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There is no single David Bowie performance — there’s just the one you think of first.

Here’s mine — “Young Americans,” from a 1974 Dick Cavett appearance. Luther Vandross is one of his backup singers:

And then you can keep going. And you should.

Here he is in 1972, at the BBC, with “Queen Bitch”:

“Under Pressure,” with Annie Lennox and Queen, at the 1992 Freddie Mercury tribute concert:

And here’s another version of the same song — Bowie and Mercury’s vocal tracks from the original 1981 recording:

It’s also telling, I think, that so many great Bowie performances aren’t by Bowie, but by other people singing his songs.

Nirvana covering “The Man Who Sold the World” on MTV Unplugged in 1993:

And “Queen Bitch,” again, this time by Seu Jorge, at the end of “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”:

And great Bowie memories aren’t limited to his hits, either. I’ve always remebered his 2006 cameo on HBO’s “Extras,” where he lovingly eviscerates Ricky Gervais’s character:

Want more? Me too. Send me your favorite clips, with a link, and I’ll add them as we go along today.

Update: Thanks for the suggestions, please keep them coming.

The original “Life on Mars,” sent by Josh Weinberger:–IqqusnNQ

“Golden Years,” from the Serious Moonlight tour, sent by Gilson Rodrigues:

“Starman,” from 1972, featuring Mick Ronson, sent in by Rafael Ángel:

“Blackstar,” his very latest, from last November (the new album dropped three days ago), from staffer Amy Keyishian:

Simon and Garfunkel’s “America,” performed at the Concert for New York City benefit in 2001. Sent by Doug Hill:

“Sweet Thing,” 1974. Sent by Elizabeth Heichler:

“Space Oddity,” performed by Chris Hadfield, an actual astronaut. Sent by Samit Sarkar and Re/code’s Eric Johnson:

“Life on Mars” and “Ashes to Ashes” on the “Tonight Show” in 1980. Sent by Nathan Taylor:

“Heaven’s In Here,” from his Tin Machine phase. Sent by Matt Rosoff:

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