Lost and Found – Bowie recording sells for $52,000

Written by on September 12, 2018

The first known studio recording of a young David Bowie has sold for $52,000 at auction.

For most people the resurfacing of an old demo tape would be a horror not worth imagining. I know that the thought of an old Myspace page being discovered would make me wake up screaming in the middle of the night.

Of course I am not an internationally known and (posthumously) loved superstar like David Bowie.

The recording of the band The Konrads performing I Never Dreamed was made in 1963 before being rejected by those in power of Decca Records. A decision I am sure they have never regretted. The 16 year old singer David Jones went on to worldwide fame as Davie Bowie.

The recording itself was found by the Konrads’ drummer David Hatfield in the attic. When asked about the most famous of the group’s members he told the BBC:

“His heart and mind were focused on becoming a world class saxophone player….Our agent asked us to do a demo so he could try and get us a demo at Decca….Decca initially turned us down, [based on the demo] but when they gave us an audition later that year vocalist Roger Ferris was the lead voice and David sang the backing harmonies.”

Bowie quit the group after the unsuccessful audition.

Omega Auctions had estimated that the recording would sell for around $13,000, eventually selling for four times as much. An auction house spokesperson told the BBC:

 


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