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David Bowie’s first known studio recording set to fetch £ 10,000 at auction

The 1963 demo, made with his band The Konrads at the age of 16, showed him singing a song called I Never Dreamed

The recording is expected to bring in £ 10,000 at auction

Pop legend David Bowie’s first known studio recording is expected to fetch £ 10,000 at auction.

The 1963 demo, made with his band The Konrads at the age of 16, showed him singing a song called I Never Dreamed.

He was the band’s saxophonist but took the lead voice on the band, which was never released after the Decca label rejected it.

The tape is in a memorabilia store sold by former Konrads drummer David Hadfield, who found it in a bread basket in the 1990s.








Impressions of The Konrads which included a 16-year-old David Bowie on saxophone
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Bowie’s very first studio recording from 1963
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He said: “David had no desire to become a singer, his heart and mind was focused on becoming a world class saxophonist.

“Our agent, Eric Easton, asked us to do a demo so he could get us an audition at Decca. So, in early 1963, I booked at RG Jones’ studio in Morden.

In preparation for the demo, David and our guitarist Neville Wills wrote two to three songs.

“We had decided to do some guitar instrumentals and an original song.

“I chose I Never Dreamed because it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak.








A treasure trove of memorabilia is sold by former band drummer David Hadfield
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Bowie’s sketches of promotional ideas while playing The Konrads
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“I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation. So it became the very first recording of David Jones (Bowie) singing 55 years ago.

“There is no other recording of the demo featuring David as the lead actor. Decca initially turned us down, but when they finally gave us an audition later that year, the vocalist Roger Ferris was the main voice and David sang accompanying harmonies.

The collection, including the outline for a promotional idea for Bowie, will be sold in September at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside. Bowie died of cancer in 2016, at the age of 69.

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