David Bowie scrapped plans to cover a Bruce Springsteen song, after a meeting between the two in the early 1970s.
The late musician’s former producer, Tony Visconti, revealed how Bowie abandoned his cover version of It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City, having performed it for The Boss at a Philadelphia recording studio.
Writing in Uncut magazine, Visconti revealed how, “David was quite taken by meeting Bruce. We played ‘Saint’ to him and he kept a poker face the whole time. He said nothing when it was finished.
“David took him into another room for a private chat. By the time Bruce left, he was more pleasant and said his goodbyes to the rest of us. David and I never worked on ‘Saint’ after that, although it was finished or re-recorded eventually with someone else.”
Bowie had planned to record the song in the lead up to the release of his Young Americans album in 1975.
Bowie’s cover of the song did eventually appear on Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. It also made it onto Bowie’s 1989 box-set Sound + Vision.