Seriously? We are talking about the famous song from Disney’s 1964 Mary Poppins film musical. Though it needs to be added that David Bowie and The Lower Thirds did play ‘Chim Chim Cheree’ in a somewhat rock-heavier version as part of their live-repertoire in 1965.
David and The Lower Thirds played ‘Chim Chim Cheree’ during their ill-faited BBC audition on 2 November 1965 along with ‘Baby That’s A Promise’ and James Brown’s ‘Out Of Sight’ in order to be broadcast on a BBC pop programme. However, the BBC talent selection group was quite surprised by the choice of the song and did not favour the band to be broadcast. Hence, David Bowie and The Lower Third failed this audition.
Bowie really has produced some totally odd pieces of music during the 1960s. The oddest piece among them would be ‘The Laughing Gnome’, followed by ‘Over The Wall We Go’ – and perhaps ‘Chim Chim Cheree’ would have been among those weird creations. How would Bowie and his band probably have sounded?
It is not too unlikely that some tapes were made during the band’s performances, but they have yet to surface.
- David Jones (vocals, guitar, saxophone)
- Dennis Taylor (guitar)
- Graham Rivens (bass)
- Phil Lancaster (drums)