A 1963 demo recording of David Bowie’s first band, the Konrads, has been unearthed by the band’s drummer, and is expected to fetch big money at an upcoming auction.
David Hadfield found a copy of the “I Never Dreamed” recording in a bread basket in his garage while moving two decades ago and has kept its existence secret until now.
The demo is expected to go for an astounding $13,000 at the auction at Omega Auctions, in Newton-le-Willows, U.K. this September. It is part of a collection of Bowie memorabilia to be sold.
Bowie, then going by the name David Jones, was 16 years old at the time of the recording, and played saxophone for the band. “David had no inclination to become a singer at this point,” Hadfield is quoted as saying. “His heart and mind were focused on becoming a world-class saxophone player.”
The demo tape was recorded at the request of manager Eric Easton, who also managed the Rolling Stones. Easton thought he could get the band an audition with Decca, the Stones’ record label, but Decca declined.
Nobody, not the band nor the label, thought the recording of “I Never Dreamed” had survived.