David Bowie began re-recording ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’ on 21 March 1970 for a future single release.
The session took place at London’s Trident Studios with Tony Visconti producing. From the outset it was planned that the song would be spread over both sides of the 7″ single.
Recording for ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’ was unusually drawn out, continuing on 22 and 23 March, 2 and 3 April, with mixing and editing sessions following on 4, 14, and 15 April.
‘Memory Of A Free Festival’ was released in Europe on . Bowie promoted it with appearances on the UK television show Six-O-One, and on the Dutch programme Eddy, Ready, Go!. Despite these efforts, however, it was not a commercial success.
Also on this day, David Bowie visited Ralph Mace, who had played on his Bowie’s second album. Mace was working for music publisher Famous Music, based at London’s Wardour Street.
Also on this day...
- 1969: Live: David Bowie and Hutch, Assembly Rooms, Lincoln
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Buzz, Galaxy Club, Basingstoke
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