E Street's Roy Bittan on Collaborating with Bowie, Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks

Bruce Springsteen's keyboardist shares behind-the-scenes stories from his sessions with some of rock's biggest names

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David Bowie, 'Station to Station' (1975)

"I was staying at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles when we were on the Born to Run tour in 1975. David's guitar player, Earl Slick, was a friend of mine. I bumped into him at the hotel and he said, 'I can't believe you're here. We were just talking about you.' David knew we were coming to town and he wanted a keyboard player. 

"When I arrived the next day at the studio David said to me, 'Do you know who Professor Longhair is?' I said, 'Know him? I saw him play at a little roadhouse in Houston about three weeks ago!' I wound up doing an imitation of Professor Longhair interpreting a David Bowie song. We began with 'TVC 15' and I wound up playing on every song besides 'Wild Is the Wind.' It must have only been about three days. It's one of my favorite projects I've ever worked on."