Following the departure of their lead guitarist, John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, the band held several days of rehearsals and auditions to find a replacement.
They took place at the basement of the Annunciation Marble Arch church on Bryanston Street in central London.
One of the unsuccessful applicants, Pete Hampshire, later played on David Bowie’s 1967 single ‘The Laughing Gnome’.
The Buzz continued without a lead guitarist until the end of June 1966, when Billy Gray was recruited.
Also on this day...
- 2000: Live: Roseland Ballroom, New York City
- 1990: Live: World Music Theatre, Tinley Park
- 1989: Live: Tin Machine, The Roxy, Los Angeles
- 1987: Live: Stadio Flaminio, Rome
- 1978: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
- 1974: Live: O’Keefe Centre, Toronto
- 1973: Live: Town Hall, Torquay
- 1972: Live: Town Hall, Torquay
- 1972: UK album release: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
- 1970: Live: David Bowie and Hype, Jesus College, Cambridge
- 1962: Live: The Konrads, Bromley Tech – David Bowie’s first live performance
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