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David Bowie is reissuing the classic 1974 album, ”Young Americans” with Virgin/EMI on June 5. During the preceding ”Diamond Dogs” tour he had dropped hints that he was moving in the direction of R&B and this album nailed it. Notables brought in for the original recording included John Lennon on guitar and backing vocals as well as Luther Vandross who also provided backing vocals and some of the vocal arrangements.

In more recent Bowie news he was featured in a spring 2007 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants as the character, Lord Royal Highness. He commented: ”It’s happened. At last. I’ve hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on….tan-tara…SpongeBob SquarePants. Oh Yeah!!” ”We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway.”

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