David Bowie’s first TV interview – the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men

Davie Jones and members of The Manish Boys appeared on the BBC 2 news programme Tonight on Thursday 12 November 1964. It was Bowie’s first interview on national television.

The appearance followed Bowie’s interview for the Evening News and Star newspaper on 2 November, in which he announced his campaign group for the rights of men to have long hair, the International League for the Preservation of Animal Filament.

By the time of the BBC interview the group had been renamed the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men.

The 17-year-old Bowie was interviewed along with his friend George Underwood and Manish Boys members Paul Rodriguez, Woolf Byrne, and John Watson. No mention of their music was made in the interview, which was conducted by Tonight presenter Cliff Michelmore.

The interview took place at the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. The studio complex was demolished in 1993.

Live: Davie Jones and the Manish Boys, Eel Pie Island Jazz Club, Twickenham
Live: Davie Jones and the Manish Boys, Royal Star, Maidstone
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