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But because his artistry came from mime, putting on makeup and stuff like that wasn't foreign to him in any way.Did you and David feel you were judged at all as an interracial couple back in the 1970s? Was part of Bowie's nonchalance that that he saw himself as an extraterrestrial and therefore not bound by human concepts like race or gender identity or sexual preference? If he liked someone, that was it—he just liked them and would act accordingly.The night of the party, everyone was there—Aretha [Franklin], Gladys [Knight].At some point, my manager came over and said, "David Bowie's over there! " I was not a professional singer at that point, but of course I wasn't going to say no. Yes, he was a perfectionist, not just about the studio work but also about how he looked, how he wrote, all kinds of different things.David got sick and didn't have a chance to tour in Japan. That's the thing—it was always both, romantic and work. We met, we were attracted to each other physically but he also saw that I was a talent. We used to hang out with Mick [Jagger] and [his wife] Bianca a lot. What's it like walking into a room on David Bowie's arm?It really messed up my life because I had quit my job, I got rid of my apartment. At the same time, a friend invited me to Monaco in the south of France. He also wanted to be around me, so he said, "I'm going to put her in a group." That was how that began. We'd go to dinner and whatever parties were going on in town. We were at an Andy Warhol party once and I was drinking champagne and I guess I'd had too much. You'd walk into a room and the cameras would be flashing and popping.
As a black woman, Cherry says she was able to give Bowie some confidence he needed to explore Philly R&B sounds on Young Americans, his so-called "plastic soul" album on which her voice can be heard in harmony with Luther Vandross's.They were friends, but it wasn't sexual between them.That's why David said he would not speak another word to [his ex-wife] Angie.Meanwhile I worked for Playboy too—I was a bunny and all that, lived in the mansion.
She got that job on her own, and I got in another way: I went to a bunch of parties and then was invited to the mansion. So how does a girl who grew up on the south side of Chicago end up dating David Bowie? At about the end of 1972 I was living in New York at that time and working in a nightclub called Genesis.It was Cherry, after all, who introduced Bowie to the network of musicians at New York's Apollo Theater, where he began piecing together a band to record with.