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Bowie: Starman Demo To Be Auctioned

Written by on March 11, 2019

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Bowie: Starman Demo To Be Auctioned

A demo tape of David Bowie singing Starman is up for auction after languishing in a loft for almost 50 years.

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 tomorrow 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


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