First Recording Of David Bowie's Starman Goes Up For Auction
The first demo recording of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ has showed up after nearly 50 years hid away in a box. One of his most iconic tracks, Bowie can be heard telling guitarist Mick Ronson he wasn’t finished as he tried to end the recording. The tape was given to Ronson’s friend Kevin Hutchinson to help him learn the song and it was labelled ‘David Bowie rehearsal tape’ and packed away in his loft.
Hutchinson retrieved the tape from the loft (which survived many house moves) after watching a documentary about Bowie, who died in 2016 at the age of 69. A tape that he had forgotten about and was surprised at the quality. The recording also features unheard demo versions of "Moonage Daydream" and "Hang On To Yourself”.
This remarkable collection of recordings was collated by Mick Ronson on a 5" EMITAPE reel 2 reel containing 18 tracks (taped on both sides) of Bowie & Ronson recordings that went on to feature on "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" along with some on David Bowie's releases and is up for auction at Omega Auctions on March 12th 2019, expecting to sell for £10k.
Listen to a snippet of the tape below: