David Bowie’s former bandmates have shared rare early photos of the star as they paid tribute to him on the sixth anniversary of his death.
The late musician could be seen holding a saxophone in the pictures issued by the surviving members of The Konrads, a group David joined at the age of 16 in 1963 when he was known as David Jay.
Singer David joined the band after he spotted an advertisement in a music shop in Bromley, South London which was placed by guitarist Alan Dodds, 75.
Looking back: David Bowie’s former bandmates have shared rare early photos of the star as they paid tribute to him on the sixth anniversary of his death
Alan told The Sun: ‘We knew he’d big aspirations and was an immense talent. He was destined to go on to bigger and better things.’
David once performed lead vocals for The Konrads when Roger Ferris, now 67, stood on glass before a gig.
He said: ‘I like to think, thanks to my accident, I gave Bowie his big break.’
Making music: The late musician (bottom) could be seen holding a saxophone in the pictures issued by the surviving members of The Konrads
And Stella Gall, 78, who sung backing vocals with her late sister Christine, added: ‘It’s still an amazing thing to say that I played with him.’
However, David soon left and joined several other bands before releasing his hit studio album Space Oddity in 1969 before achieving superstardom as Ziggy Stardust in the 70s.
The star died on 10 January 2016 after a battle with cancer.
Rise to fame: David (bottom right) joined The Konrads at the age of 16 in 1963 when he was known as David Jay after seeing an advertisement in a music shop in Bromley, South London
Earlier this month, David’s entire back catalogue of music was purchased by Warner Music in massive deal worth in excess of a reported $250million (£184,000).
The agreement covered songs from 26 studio albums released during the British artist’s lifetime, as well as the posthumously released album Toy and his two albums with the band Tin Machine.
It spans six decades and includes beloved songs such as Heroes, Changes, Space Oddity, Fame, Let’s Dance and Rebel Rebel.
Born to perform: David (standing second left) is seen with founding member Alan Dodds (standing second right) and backing singers Stella and Christine Gall (front)
History: The Konrads became known for once having David (left with saxophone) as a member but he soon left to join other bands before releasing his hit studio album Space Oddity in 1969
WCM co-chairman and chief executive Guy Moot said: ‘All of us at Warner Chappell are immensely proud that the David Bowie estate has chosen us to be the caretakers of one of the most groundbreaking, influential, and enduring catalogues in music history.
‘These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music forever.
‘Bowie’s vision and creative genius drove him to push the envelope, lyrically and musically – writing songs that challenged convention, changed the conversation, and have become part of the canon of global culture.
Acquisition: Warner Chappell Music (WCM) acquired the publishing rights to David Bowie’s back catalogue in a deal reported to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars earlier this month
‘His work spanned massive pop hits and experimental adventures that have inspired millions of fans and countless innovators, not only in music, but across all the arts, fashion, and media.
‘We are looking forward to tending his unparalleled body of songs with passion and care as we strive to build on the legacy of this most extraordinary human being.’
David, one of the most influential and revered musicians of the 20th century, died with liver cancer on January 10 2016, two days after his 69th birthday.
Celebrations are currently ongoing for what would have been his 75th year.
Classics: It spans six decades and includes beloved songs such as Heroes, Changes, Space Oddity, Fame, Let’s Dance and Rebel Rebel (pictured in 1975)