By the middle of 1967 David Bowie looked to be on the cusp of success, having finally released a debut album and getting noticed by sections of the media.
This success was in no small part down to his manager, Kenneth Pitt, who made considerable efforts to steer Bowie towards stardom in the latter half of the 1960s.
On 11 June 1967 Bowie moved in to Pitt’s apartment at 39 Manchester Street in central London, finally leaving behind his family home in Bromley.
David’s domestic situation was getting worse. He readily admitted that it was reasonable of his father not to want him to keep him awake at nights, but now that David had so much running about to do during the days the night hours were becoming increasingly valuable, particularly for his creative work. As he sat in my lounge telling me about this I could see that he was pale and strained. ‘I suppose you had better move in here,’ I said. He looked up at me with tearful yet smiling eyes. ‘Oh, may I?’ he said. ‘That will be wonderful.’
On Sunday, June 11 Mr Jones drove David and his belongings up from Bromley. After his father had gone David said ‘Dad liked the flat. He said it’s very masculine.’ A remark which David found amusing.
The Pitt Report
Also on this day...
- 2000: Glastonbury 2000 diary – part eight
- 1997: Live: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht
- 1983: Live: Ullevi, Gothenburg
- 1978: Live: Forest National, Brussels
- 1973: Live: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
- 1969: Live: Midsummer Pop Festival, Cambridge
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Buzz, California Ballroom, Dunstable
- 1965: Live: Davie Jones and the Lower Third, Starlight Rooms, Brighton
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