Dwight Yoakam Reveals How David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ Inspired His Songs


During an interview, country star Dwight Yoakam named “Rebel Rebel” one of his favorite David Bowie songs. Yoakam revealed how “Rebel Rebel” inspired his songs. Notably, “Rebel Rebel” became a hit twice in the UK.

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Dwight Yoakam said many artists could learn a lesson in gratitude from David Bowie

Bowie died in 2016. During a 2016 interview with The Orange County Register, Yoakam opened up about his feelings about Bowie as a musician. “He was an artist to the end, purely and truly in every sense of the word,” Yoakam said. “He should be an inspiration to all musical artists.”

Yoakam also commented on what Bowie was like as a person. “He showed a lot of respect to the public and was grateful for the gift that artists have to be able to make music and to continue to have the opportunity to express themselves, of course in David’s case, in front of a massive and large audience. ,” Yoakam said. “It’s a lesson in remembering to be grateful.” Yoakam wished he could collaborate with Bowie, but “it just wasn’t the case.”

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What Dwight Yoakam Said About David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’

During the interview, Yoakam named his five favorite Bowie songs. These were “Rebel Rebel”, “Golden Years”, “Heroes”, “Jean Genie” and Bowie’s cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around”. Bowie titled the latter “Round and Round”.

Yoakam especially enjoyed “Rebel Rebel.” “I love guitars and I got inspired by them,” Yoakam said. The country singer also praised how Bowie viewed his own mortality on his latest album, Black Star. Yoakam said he plans to listen to many Bowie songs in the future.

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The way the world reacted to ‘Rebel Rebel’

“Rebel Rebel” became a minor hit in the United States. “Rebel Rebel” reached No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for eight weeks. Bowie included “Rebel Rebel” on his album diamond dogs. diamond dogs peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 25 weeks.

“Rebel Rebel” was even more popular in the UK. The Official Map Company reports that “Rebel Rebel” reached number five in the UK and remained on the chart for seven weeks. Following Bowie’s death in 2016, the song peaked at No. 65 and lasted a week on the charts. During this time, diamond dogs hit No. 1 there for four weeks. It spent 42 weeks in total on the chart.

Many artists have covered “Rebel Rebel”, including Madonna, Tegan and Sara and Duran Duran. “Rebel Rebel” had an impact on the charts and an impact on Yoakam.

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