Among the “rare and special” Bowie material highlighted in a new documentary.
An upcoming BBC4 programme will feature a host of unreleased music from the late David Bowie, including a cover of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ and a never-before-heard demo of the singer’s 1969 classic ‘Space Oddity’, with alternative lyrics. Listen to ‘My Way’ below.
The People’s History Of Pop is a four-part series that collects music fans’ memories from the years 1956-1996, with a David Bowie episode set to air in July.
Presenter Danny Baker was given access to the unreleased vault of music by Bowie biographer Kevin Cann and although a lot of the music has made it onto YouTube, this TV documentary will be its first official airing.
A BBC spokeswoman confirmed with NME that the programme, which is still being made, will contain “some rare and special Bowie material.”
The first episode, which was shown in April, shone a light on the early days of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
As well as Bowie, the second episode will feature Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Marc Bolan and Northern Soul, covering the mid ’60s to early ’70s.
Bowie was among the songwriters invited to pen English lyrics for ‘My Way’s original incarnation – ‘Comme D’Habitude’ by French songwriter Claude Francois – but Sinatra opted for lyrics by Paul Anka instead.