“I Never Dreamed”: First Ever David Bowie Recording Up for Auction (Audio)

by: Joseph On  Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I Never Dreamed

A rare, uh, oddity from extremely early in the career of rock legend/possible Time Lord David Bowie has surfaced and is being put up for auction David Hadfield, Bowie’s one-time bandmate in a band called the Konrads way back in the early 60s. It’s called “I Never Dreamed,” and in a press statement Hadfield explains how it came about:

 “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. There is no other recording of the demo featuring David as lead in existence. 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.”

The demo was turned down by the label (ha!), and “David Jones” soon left the band and eventually became the bisexual space alien we all know and love. The physical recording is reportedly expected to fetch somewhere in the neighborhood of $13,000 at auction, but luckily you can listen to a bit of it for yourself below:

 





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