Oh yeah, I love her, little Liza Jane...
We mentioned this one back on new year's day with the unbelievable news that David Bowie today celebrates forty years as a professional recording artist. (01.01.2004 NEWS: HAPPY 2004 AND CONGRATS TO DB FOR HIS 40TH YEAR) For it was on this day, June 5th 1964, that Vocalion Pop released a 45 with the catalogue number: V.9221.
Liza Jane/Louie, Louie Go Home, issued as Davie Jones with The King-Bees, was that record. David's first ever release was pretty well ignored by the pop-pickers of 1964, but these days you'd be lucky to find a copy of that original release with a price tag under four figures.
Much has been written about the release, and no doubt this anniversary will see even more. BowieNetter clarkgwent informs us that there's a large feature on the 45 in the next issue of Record Collector magazine, which is published on June 10 in the UK. I believe Clark, (aka Andy Barding) is the author of that piece, and who better to write about the record than somebody who was born on that very release date! Happy 40th, Andy.
One thing that is often overlooked in these looks back at this historically important release, (something I'm sure Andy isn't guilty of) is just what a cracking record Liza Jane is... Not to mention the flip: Louie, Louie Go Home, which employed the "Just a little bit louder now, Just a little bit louder now" call and response device favoured on She'll Drive The Big Car from David's most recent album release.
Anyway, I won't go on about the record, I'll leave that for the spotters who know more than I. Suffice to say, congratulations and many thanx to David, and if you've got the recording to hand, dear reader, why not give it a celebratory spin right now.