If you’re a fan of David Bowie, this is quite the rare treat.
Bowie’s first-ever lead vocal, recorded in a studio in 1963 when he was just 16 years old, has been found. And it was stumbled upon by chance.
In the only known recording of his first lead vocal session with his first band, the Konrads, Bowie (at that time, David Jones) using his can be heard singing, ‘I Never Dreamed’. The demo reel was located by Konrads drummer and manager, David Hadfield, who said he found it recently while moving. The tape was hidden in an old bread basket along with booking forms, photographs, promotional sketches, letters and bills, all in a loft above his garage.
Jones would go on to change his surname to Bowie (to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees), and word has it, he did rather well in the music industry. The Konrads? Not so much.
The demo is now expected to fetch over ten thousand British pounds when it goes to auction in September. Hear a small sample of it, right here…