While you are busy spending your teenage years playing videogames and binge-watching Netflix, at 16 years old, music icon David Bowie was already making tentative steps into the music industry with his first band The Konrads. And now the only known record session with Bowie’s former band is going to be auctioned after being found… in an old bread bin.
In 1963, Bowie, then David Jones, agreed to record lead vocals on one of the group’s demos, even though he was a saxophonist for The Konrads. Rejected by record company Decca, the demo tape of I Never Dreamed was never released and eventually ended up buried in a bread basket.
However, over 5 decades later, David Hadfield, the group’s drummer, has recently found the tape when moving home. The bread bin also contained booking forms, photographs, and promotional sketches of Bowie and The Konrads.
“David had no inclination to become a singer at this point,” Hadfield recalls. “His heart and mind were focused on becoming a world class saxophone player,” he added.
And though Bowie was only the band’s saxophonist, when The Konrads’ manager Eric Easton, who was also managing a then-young Rolling Stones at the time, told them they should audition to get signed by Decca, it was decided that Bowie should join the vocals.
“We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song,” Hadfield remembers. “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 it the right interpretation. So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago.”
The Demo record of Bowie’s first time ever singing vocals will now be auctioned in the UK and is expected to fetch at least £10,000 (over $13,000 US dollars).
Paul Fairweather from Omega Auctions described the tape as “completely unique and of great historical interest, being the earliest studio recording of a fledgling musician who would go on to super stardom”.
Seems like being a hoarder sometimes pay off !