Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Missing the boat on David Bowie

On January 1, 1962, The Beatles auditioned for a record deal with Decca Records. They were rejected because the label believed that “guitar groups were on their way out.” That turned out to be one of the dumbest decisions in the history of music. Here’s another.

In 1965, a young London singer named Davy Jones auditioned for a spot on the BBC as part of his group called The Manish Boys. They were told that the vocalist was “devoid of personality,” “amateur sounding,” and “not particularly exciting.”

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Davy Jones would later rename himself “David Bowie” and we all know what eventually happened to him. Hey, sometimes failure makes you stronger.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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  • Then I’m a god damn brick wall.


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