Who doesn’t know David Bowie? I don’t think there is anyone on the planet who hasn’t heard of David Bowie. Even the younger generations know his music.
However there are very few who know about David Bowie’s earliest works. Some might think that ‘Space Oddity may have been his first venture in to the world of popular music , or maybe that his carnation as Ziggy Stardust was his first musical outing. But David Bowie was active in music since he was 15, although at the beginning he used his own name of David Jones or sometimes Davy Jones. In fact his first single was with the band the King Bees or to be precise ‘Davy Jones and the King Bees’ the single was called ‘Liza Jane’
The fact there was already another Davy Jones who was the lead singer with the Monkees, to avoid confusion young David Jones took on the stage name David Bowie after the 19th-century American pioneer James Bowie and the knife he had popularised.
He then joined a band called “The lower Third” they did do some covers but also had original songs, written and composed by David Bowie.
The band were invited to play a session at the BBC, but the sessions were never broadcast. The producers the songs weren’t great and that the singer was at best mediocre. This probably is one of the biggest musical mistakes ever made by the BBC.
Not happy with how the things were going David Bowie decided to go solo and produced one of the most bizarre songs ever called ‘The laughing Gnome’
Thank God he soon changed direction again with “Space Oddity” . The rest is as the say history.