Unreleased David Bowie demo ‘To Be Love’ streams online – listen

The early song dates back to 1970

A previously unreleased, early David Bowie demo has surfaced online, reportedly titled ‘To Be Love’.

The track in question dates back to 1970 and was recorded with sound engineer Ron de Strulle at the Roxbury Road Studios in Los Angeles during Bowie’s first trip to the US. The song has now been shared by de Strulle via the MindBodyNetwork website. Scroll below to listen.

“My first impression of David was that he was warm, open, friendly, and not looking for star treatment like most of the other artists who came to RR Studios,” de Strulle told The Huffington Post. “He was interested in the production process and excited about anything creative.”

De Strulle added: “He was blown away by the studio and very interested in how to get each sound. He loved John Lennon’s vocal effects and George Martin’s way of working with bands of sounds with different frequencies. David could pick up an instrument and play anything. He would say ‘I never played this instrument before,’ and then he would cut loose and play. Pure genius.”

Speaking about ‘To Be Love’, de Strulle said: “David loved that song and wanted to do harmony. He said its simple chords and simple melodies were ‘like bringing Billie Holiday into the 1970s’.”

Bowie passed away in January at the age of 69. The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger recently said that he was “very upset” about not seeing Bowie before he died.

Meanwhile, Coldplay’s Chris Martin has covered David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’ on piano with Jimmy Fallon.