David Bowie

A PREVIOUSLY unreleased David Bowie demo that dates back to 1970 has surfaced online, with its title supposedly called ‘To Be Love’.

The song dates back to the very early 70s when Bowie made his first trip to the US. ‘To Be Love’ was recorded with sound engineer Ron de Strulle at the Roxbury Road Studios in Los Angeles.

The track was shared by de Strulle on the MindBodyNetwork website. De Strulle told Huffington Post: “My first impression of David was that he was warm, open, friendly, and not looking for star treatment like most of the other artists who came to RR Studios. He was interested in the production process and excited about anything creative.

“He was blown away by the studio and very interested in how to get each sound. He loved John Lennon’s vocal effects and George Martin’s way of working with bands of sounds with different frequencies. David could pick up an instrument and play anything. He would say ‘I never played this instrument before,’ and then he would cut loose and play. Pure genius.”

Talking about ‘To Be Love’, de Strulle said: “David loved that song and wanted to do harmony. He said its simple chords and simple melodies were ‘like bringing Billie Holiday into the 1970s’.”

David Bowie lost his battle to cancer shortly after the release of his newest album Blackstar back in January.

Listen to the song here.