You may or may not know about this story which has been widely broadcasted, but I’d thought I’d add it to my blog, being as Marie really adores him. The BBC had David Bowie on Top Of The Pops back on 3 January 1973 whilst at number two in the charts with Jean Genie. Apparently Auntie Beeb decided to wipe clean loads of video tapes to save money and many thought this was lost! Not so, cameraman John Henshall who was trying out new camera techniques and requested if he could have a copy. So it transpired he had the only version of this footage, and now TOTP2 Christmas Special 2011 are showing it for the first time since its original transmission. Of course now everyone’s going to copy it and post it onto Youtube.
This then made me wonder what else has been lost due to television company so-called savings on materials. As you’ll agree it’s been well worth the wait to see it again. I’ve also added an interesting interview with John Henshall recorded when chatting to BBC Radio Oxford and this also includes the audio recording of the song which is in itself very unique too.