David Bowie's first demo track has been discovered in a bread basket, with the legendary musical icon singing 'I Never Dreamed' alongside his then-band, The Konrads, in 1963.
The tape is expected to sell for around £10,000 at auction, and was (re)discovered by David Hadfield, drummer and manager of the outfit. It was made in a studio in Morden, South London, with the hope of bagging an audition for Decca. Evidently the label was non-plussed, though, turning down a guy who would go on to become one of the 20th Century's best-loved and best-selling artists.
A classic 'you couldn't make it up' story, Hadfield— who did make a career from music in the end— stumbled on the audio in and amongst a stash of material including booking forms, photos, promotional sketches and more. Adding to the randomness, the bread basket belonged to his grandfather, and had been stored in a garage loft for years.
When it was recorded, Bowie, who died from cancer in 2016 before posthumously being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and winning a BRIT Award, performed under his real name, David Jones, and wrote some tracks for the demo alongside his bandmates. Coincidentally, the Konrads' agent was Eric Easton, who also looked after the Rolling Stones.
"There is no other recording of the demo featuring David as lead in existence," Hadfield is quoted as saying in The Guardian. "Decca initially turned us down, but when they eventually gave us an audition later that year, vocalist Roger Ferris was the lead voice and David sang backing harmonies.”