John Lennon provides supporting vocals and guitar on David Bowie’s song “Fame”. John also came up with the title. Using Lennon’s title, and a guitar riff written by Bowie band member Carlos Alomar, Bowie quickly developed the song and recorded it with his band and John at The Power Plant studio in January 1975. Earlier, in the same one-day session, they had recorded a cover of The Beatles’ “Across the Universe”. Both tracks appear on David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ album, released March 1975.
Even though his contribution to the writing of the song was minor, Lennon is given co-writing credit. The songwriting credit is listed as David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, and John Lennon.