The first ever recorded David Bowie demo has finally been found after years of long speculation that the record had been destroyed. It was discovered in an old bread basket and will be up for auction later this year.
Bowie was known as David Jones at the time, only 16 years old singing in a group called The Konrads. The demo features Bowie singing “I Never Dreamed” and was created in hopes that Decca Records would sign them. The band was turned down and Bowie left the group later that year due to artistic differences.
According to The Guardian, it was David Hadfield, drummer and manager to The Konrads, who rediscovered the demo. After moving back home, he found it in his grandfather’s old bread basket.
“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,” said Hadfield to The Guardian. “There is no other recording of the demo featuring David as lead in existence.”
The recording will be sold at Omega Auctions in September and is expected to sell for around £10,000 due to its rarity.
Listen to a short clip of the demo below: