13 January 1970 was the second of three recording sessions for David Bowie’s single ‘The Prettiest Star’.
Also recorded was ‘London Bye Ta-Ta’, although it remained unreleased until 1989. At this time, however, it was intended to be lead song of Bowie’s next single, with ‘The Prettiest Star’ on the b-side.
A week later Mercury released another single, ‘The Prettiest Star’; it had been recorded in January, having been started during the day of the evening that we played the Speakeasy. It was finished a few days later, along with an old chestnut, ‘London Bye Ta-Ta’. This is the third time I recorded the [latter] song, once for Deram, once for the BBC and now, possibly the quintessential version, with myself on bass, Marc Bolan on lead guitar and Godfrey McLean on drums, who was in a London soul band called The Gass.
Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Uncut)
Also on this day...
- 1974: Recording: The Astronettes
- 1971: UK single release: Holy Holy
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Lower Third, Marquee Club, London
- 1965: Recording: I Pity The Fool, Take My Tip
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