David Bowie and the Buzz recorded their single ‘Do Anything You Say’ on Monday 7 March 1966.
They had recorded a demo of the song at London’s Regent Sound Studio on 22 February.
The session was produced by Tony Hatch, who had worked on Bowie’s previous single ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’. The members of the Buzz were each paid £10 for the session.
We took over from the Lower Third. David had to make a transition over to this sort of backing. I don’t think Tony Hatch – who produced it – got it, but he let us do our thing. It was all very fresh. We rehearsed, went on TV, and made the record. It was all very quick. I didn’t think about ’til afterwards.
I don’t think Tony Hatch knew how to shape us into his kind of record, so he let David do what he did. I do like the scat thing he did on ‘Good Morning Girl’ with Chow’s organ behind it – I thought what he did was great.
I remember Tony Hatch didn’t come out – he remained behind the glass. So I didn’t have any feeling about him, he was just there. He must have been doing what producers do: booking the session. I never saw the money for that, but I don’t doubt he paid the money to Ralph Horton, our manager.
There wasn’t any clever overdubbing, or ‘do that again’. It was straightforward, as we’d been playing them a lot. I think Pye looked at David as a work in progress.
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Also on this day...
- 1977: Live: Iggy Pop, Rainbow Theatre, London
- 1976: Live: Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
- 1975: Album release: Young Americans
- 1974: David Bowie receives the Diamond Dogs artwork
- 1972: Live: Yeovil College, Yeovil
- 1970: Live: David Bowie and Hype, Regent Street Polytechnic, London
- 1968: Stage: Pierrot In Turquoise, Mercury Theatre, London
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