LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — An audio tape, purported to be the first demo of the late rock legend David Bowie, has been unearthed after 50 years after it was found in a loft.
The tape, which Omega Auctions says is the first studio recording of David Jones (known professionally as David Bowie), was recorded when he was 16 and the lead singer of the band The Konrads.
“Our agent, Eric Easton, who also managed The Rolling Stones, asked us to do a demo so he could try and get us an auction at Decca. So in early 1963, I booked into R.G.Jones small studio in Morden. In preparation for the demo David and our guitarist Neville Wills wrote 2/3 songs,” said former Konrads drummer David Hadfield in announcing the auction.
“We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song. I chose “I Never Dreamed” as it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak! I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation,” he added.
The unreleased tape is part of a trove of Bowie memorabilia being auctioned by Hadfield. Other material includes s letters, bills, booking forms, photographs and promotional sketches.
Bowie left the Konrads the following year but did not strike fame for another six.
A short audio clip from the recordings suggests that the Konrads had taken a page from the Beatles and franky, it’s not hard to understand why Decca passed on the recording.