‘Born Of The Night’ is another song on a long list of unreleased or forgotten songs that have been written and composed by David Bowie.
There’s actually not much to say about this song. Neither the lyrics nor the type of song ‘Born Of The Night’ would have become are known. What is known, however, is that David Bowie must have started to work on ‘Born Of The Night’ after the slow disbanding with The Manish Boys in the aftermath of the January 1965 recording session for ‘I Pity The Fool’.
On 17th May 1965 David auditioned for a vacant spot in a band called The Lower Third at the club La Discotheque near Charing Cross Station. During the audition he played the saxophone and showed his newly-acquired skills as lead vocalist. After getting immediately accepted for this position The Lower Third took David straight to rehearsals. Rehearsals mainly took place at David’s girlfriend’s house in Bromley. Next to Manish Boy songs such as ‘I Pity The Fool’ Bowie also performed his new compositions ‘Born Of The Night’ and ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’.
On one day between 17th and 21st May the newly-founded band Davie Jones and The Lower Third must have recorded ‘Born Of The Night’ at Denmark Street’s Central Sound Studio. It is definitely known that on 20th May the band recorded a couple of commercial jingles at a different venue, R.G. Jones’ Oak Studios in Morden, Surrey (but no mention of ‘Born Of The Night’).
At least the title, ‘Born Of The Night’, became officially known on 21st May 1965 when David wrote the following overly confident press release to promote his band and his new song:
This is to inform you of the existence of
DAVIE JONES and The LOWER THIRD
Reputation-wise, Davie has a spotless chart. Having picked up the gauntlet in the now legendary *Banned Hair* tale, he stormed into B.B.C. 2’s *Gadzooks*, leaving such an impression that he has been contracted for yet another appearance this month.
THE LOWER THIRD
THE group to watch this year. Gaze on, as their record “BORN OF THE NIGHT” (released shortly), rushes up the charts. Stand astounded at their brilliant backings for Davie.
TEA-CUP on lead
DEATH on bass
LES on drums
How does a three piece sound like a twelve piece?
All this, plus Davie’s earthy vocals, Tenor/Alto Sax and Harp work, adds up to the most exciting evening of R & B that you’ve ever experenced.
A VERY FAIR SHOW FOR A VERY FAIR PRICE.
P.S.: Your audience might like them too!
Needless to say that the song remained a demo only. It was rejected by Shel Talmy and – contrary to the above press release – never became a single.
- David Jones (vocals, guitar, saxophone)
- Dennis Taylor (guitar)
- Graham Rivens (bass)
- Les Mighall (drums)