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It would have been the extraordinary affair between a future rock superstar and the showgirl at the heart of the Profumo scandal.
But the romance between a teenage David Bowie and Mandy Rice-Davies ended before it even really got started when he fled in terror from her boxer boyfriend.
Revelation - Memoir - Bowie - Ex-bandmate - Phil
The revelation comes in a new memoir by Bowie’s ex-bandmate, Phil Lancaster, exclusively previewed in The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine today.
Lancaster, the drummer in Bowie’s group The Lower Third in the 1960s, recalls meeting Ms Rice-Davies at the Gioconda cafe with the rest of the band on Denmark Street in London’s West End.
Years - Rice-Davies - Role - Scandal - Government
It was in 1966, three years after Rice-Davies’s key role in the scandal that almost brought down the government but before Bowie won fame.
But any mutual attraction was quickly snuffed out when her boyfriend arrived just as she and Bowie were dancing together. Lancaster writes in The Birth Of Bowie, out next month: ‘Her fiance not only looked like a champion boxer, he actually was one, and he seemed like a guy you wouldn’t want to mess with.
Pair - Film - Absolute - Beginners - Bowie
The pair were reunited in the 1986 film Absolute Beginners, in which Bowie starred and Rice-Davies played the young hero Colin’s mother.
Don’t miss the Bowie special in today’s Event.
Bandmates - Lovers - David - Bowie - Davy
His early bandmates (and lovers) reveal what David Bowie was really like when he was plain old Davy Jones
It is a cold January afternoon in a hotel car park in Bromley, and we are about to be sacked as David Bowie’s band. Or perhaps we’re quitting – it’s not absolutely clear. Our drums, guitars and amplifiers have been partly unloaded from our bus when Bowie turns up in the passenger seat of a Jaguar driven by our manager, Ralph Horton. We – myself, guitarist Denis ‘T-Cup’ Taylor and bassist Graham Rivens –...
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