A demo of David Bowie singing hit Starman is up for auction
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The song became one of Bowie’s most revered tracks after its release in 1972.
But the initial 1971 recording didn’t seem to impress musicians.
The star, then 24, can be heard telling guitarist Mick Ronson he has not finished singing when Ronson tries to end the recording.
Ronson, who died in 1993, gave musician friend Kevin Hutchinson the demo and he is selling it after finding it in his loft.
He said: ‘I remember thinking, this is OK. I didn’t think, this is fantastic…’
The tape – with an estimate of £10,000 – will be sold on March 12 by Omega Auctions.
Mr Hutchinson was handed the demo to help him learn the song in the hope it might help him snap-up his own contract as a singer-songwriter with Bowie’s manager.
Kevin Hutchinson was given the tape by Mick Ronson in 1971 but it has since spent 50 years in his loft
The song featured on Bowie’s album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in which he adopted his alter ego
He also penned a song for Bowie which he considered putting on the album.
The tape was retrieved from his loft after he watched a documentary about the star, who died in 2016.
Dan Hampson, assistant auction manager at Omega Auctions, said: ‘In consultation with a Bowie expert, we can say with confidence that this tape contains a very early and possibly the first ever demo version of Starman.
‘There’s a lot of Bowie mythology around the writing of this timeless classic, and the raw and truly beautiful version heard here helps to provide a fascinating insight into the creative process of a bona fide genius.’
The tape also contains recordings of Bowie songs Moonage Daydream and Hang Onto Yourself.