The makers of a new BBC documentary about David Bowie’s early years as a musician have revealed the corporation’s dim view of his work at the time.
In November 1965 his group the Lower Third failed their audition for the BBC’s Talent Selection Group – which was responsible for checking that any act angling for BBC radio play met their quality standards – the Times reports.
One judge described Bowie – then known as Davy Jones – as ‘a singer devoid of personality’.
Another said: ‘Singer not particularly exciting. Routines dull’.
A third said: ‘I can’t find fault with them musically – but there is no entertainment in anything they do’.
Bowie was described by one as an ‘amateur sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune’.