David Bowie took part in the three-day Malta International Song Festival from 26-28 July 1969.
There were two nights of performances. This second one was Malta Night, in which the 17 contestants all had to perform a rendition of a local song with their own lyrics. Bowie’s, which was never again performed, was titled ‘No-One Someone’.
Such festivals were not in the tradition of British singers and we attached little importance to them. They were usually dominated by big-voiced ladies who seemed to spend their professional lives on the festival circuit. To win first prize at one would mean a lot to them back home and ensure their inclusion in a string of future festivals. It was self-perpetuating. But David had not come to compete with others and to win a prize, but for the sun and fun.
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Also on this day...
- 1983: Live: Madison Square Garden, New York
- 1974: David Bowie sees the Jackson Five live
- 1973: Recording: Pin Ups
- 1964: Television: The Beat Room
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