Listen to unreleased David Bowie song set to feature in new BBC documentary
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A treasure trove of unreleased David Bowie music is set to be aired in a new BBC4 documentary.
Bowie’s demo of his 1969 No 1 single ‘Space Oddity’ with alternative lyrics is among the songs which is likely to officially be heard for the first time in The People’s History Of Pop.
The show, which will be screened in July, also had presenter Danny Baker given access to a version of Bowie’s 1967 novelty comedy single ‘The Laughing Gnome’ featuring swearing in its sped-up vocals.
Baker was also played Bowie’s demo of Frank Sinatra’s classic song ‘My Way’. Before Sinatra released the song in 1969, songwriters including Bowie were invited to write English lyrics for the original song ‘Comme D’Habitude’ (which translates as ‘As Usual’) by French songwriter Claude Francois.
Sinatra eventually chose lyrics by Paul Anka, a singer who had hits in the 1950s. Although Bowie’s lyrics were rejected, he admitted that his 1971 hit ‘Life On Mars?’ was influenced by ‘My Way’.
Baker was given access to the unreleased vault of material by Bowie biographer and collector Kevin Cann. Much of it has been bootlegged and can be heard on YouTube, but ‘The People’s History Of Pop’ will be its first official airing.
Watch The Video Of David Bowie – Space Oddity (Rare & Unreleased 1969 demo version)below…