Bowie made an appearance on Soul Train
singing (actually, lip synching) "Golden Years" and "Fame
" on November 4, 1975. Few white performers had appeared on the show, but host Don Cornelius gave him a warm welcome, introducing him as "one of the world’s most popular and important music personalities."
For Bowie, Soul Train
was a big deal because he grew up listening to many of the American R&B who appeared on the show. He was nervous, and reportedly got a little drunk beforehand to take the edge off; footage does appear to show him stumbling over his lyrics