The first ever demo recorded by David Bowie when he was just a teenager has been discovered in an old bread basket.
Recorded when he was 16-years-old when Bowie, known then as David Jones and primarily a saxophonist, ‘I Never Dreamed’ was the first time the young artist’s voice was recorded with his first band, The Konrads. It was turned down by the label Decca, long before Bowie would find fame as a solo artist.
As The Guardian reports, the tape has now resurfaced in an old bread basket and is expected to sell for at least £10,000 at auction.
The tape was discovered former Konrads drummer and manager David Hadfield when he was moving home, when he also found booking forms, photographs, promotional sketches, letters and bills relating to the band.
“We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song,” said Hadfield. “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. So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago.
He added: “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.
“So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago.”
Paul Fairweather from Omega Auctions described the tape as “completely unique and of great historical interest, being the earliest studio recording of a fledgling musician who would go on to super stardom”.
The tape will go up for auction in September.
Meanwhile, it was recently announced that a new boxset collecting Bowie’s work during his most commercially successful years of his career is coming later this year.
‘Loving The Alien’ features eight albums from 1983-1988, as well as previously unreleased music, and will be released on October 12.