Kent roots remembered as Bowie returns
by Andy Gray
The pop world was momentarily knocked off its axis
this month when David Bowie emerged from rock and roll
seclusion to release his first music in a decade.
Online single, Where Are We Now? was issued to coincide with the
superstar singer’s 66th birthday and immediately topped the iTunes
It reached No5 in the official top 40 charts at the weekend.
A new album, The Next Day, will follow in March.
Bowie’s long-awaited return to the studio was a sensational
surprise for millions of fans worldwide who regard “the Dame” as
the most influential music artist of all time.
It might also have stirred memories among those who remember him
when he was plain-old Davy Jones and playing with Maidstone-based
R&B band, The Manish Boys.
Davy was a sax-playing member of the group who appeared at the
town’s long-gone venues The Star Club and The Royal Star Hotel in
The seven-piece, whose early publicity shots were taken in Mote
Park, rehearsed at a house in Coxheath and released one single, Tip
of My Tongue.
It featured a B-side written by the young Bowie and is now
valued at about £1,000.
Speaking about his famous former bandmate, ex-Maidstone Art
College student Bob Solly, said: “He was ambitious, but down to
earth, friendly and helpful, and importantly one of the ‘Boys’.
“We all knew that he would make it big someday, because he had
the charisma as well as talent.”
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