“I got a girl who loves me true”
Back in June we celebrated the 55th anniversary of Bowie’s first ever release: Liza Jane/Louie, Louie Go Home, issued as Davie Jones with The King-Bees.
Despite a handful of positive reviews, the world was not yet ready to embrace the charms of either Davie Jones or Liza Jane. Success on The Hit Parade would take another five years and a name change from Jones to Bowie to secure David his first hit.
One of the reviews which had eluded us for our round-up when we celebrated the record’s fiftieth in 2014, surfaced recently in the June 13th, 1964, edition of DISC in the UK. Here’s an excerpt:
“Davie Jones may be new to you but I’ve a hunch he’s going to become extremely well-known or fade from the scene completely.”
Well, that particular reviewer must have thought the second possibility was the future that destiny had mapped out for young Jones. Let’s hope they followed his career and realised that the “extremely well-known” David Bowie was the same singer.
Photo of King Bee Jones by DEZO HOFFMANN