The song was one of several being considered a future hit or miss by a panel, which included Diana Dors, Jessie Matthews, Bunny Lewis, and Charlie Drake.
Only Drake considered ‘Liza Jane’ a hit. Following the verdicts, Bowie was briefly shown reacting, and was brought on stage to shake the judges’ hands. This was his first appearance on television.
‘Liza Jane’ was released on Decca’s Vocalion Pop label, with ‘Louie, Louie Go Home’ on the b-side. It was credited to Davie Jones with The King Bees.
In line with the jury’s verdict, the single was not a commercial success, and Bowie left the King Bees shortly afterwards to front the Manish Boys.
Also in the audience was the King Bees’ George Underwood. The show was filmed at the BBC’s Television Centre on Wood Lane, London.
Also on this day...
- 2000: Glastonbury 2000 diary – part five
- 1997: Live: Midtfyns Festival, Ringe
- 1992: David Bowie and Iman’s wedding celebration in Florence, Italy
- 1990: Live: Frank Erwin Center, Austin
- 1987: Live: Platz der Republik, Berlin
- 1983: Live: Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham
- 1973: Live: City Hall, Sheffield
- 1972: Live: St George’s Hall, Bradford
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Buzz, California Ballroom, Dunstable
- 1966: Recording: I Dig Everything
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