David Bowie's long-lost first-ever demo recording, of "I Never Dreamed," has been found by a former bandmate in an old bread basket. The tape is expected to sell in auction for upwards of $13,000, Pitchforkreports.
In 1963, at age 16, Bowie had been mainly playing the saxophone, when he was asked to sing with his first band, The Konrads. The song was initially turned down by record labels, and the tape was thought lost until the Konrads drummer David Hadfield found the tape while moving back in the 90s. He'd kept the record secret until news of the auction. In a statement, Hadfield said:
"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 [the record label] 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."