Now defunct, the committee once auditioned every act hoping to be played on BBC radio to ensure their music met its quality standards. Brixton-born Bowie, then just 18, performed with his group The Lower Third on November 2, 1965.

The trio played the Mary Poppins hit Chim-Chim-Cheree as well as an original number Baby That’s A Promise. But panel members reckoned that Bowie was “amateur sounding” and said he would “not improve with practice”.

Amateur One described him as “devoid of personality” and “not particularly exciting”. “The singer is a Cockney type but not outstanding,” noted another. “Amateur-sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune. Group has nothing to recommend it,” was another damning comment. The revelation, recently discovered in the BBC Archives, appears in a forthcoming film, David Bowie: The First Five Years.

Bowie’s disastrous audition came four years before he found global fame with his 1969 album David Bowie and single Space Oddity. The First Five Years, which is set to air on BBC Two in early 2019, features unheard audio recordings and the first on-camera interview with Bowie’s former girlfriend and muse Hermione Farthingale.

The BBC will also screen the star’s headline performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000, which to this day has yet to be shown in full. Bowie went on to sell almost 150 million records during his career, becoming one of the most influential artists of the last half a century. He died of cancer in January 2016 aged 69, shortly after the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar. One described him as “devoid of personality” and “not particularly exciting”.

“The singer is a Cockney type but not outstanding,” noted another. “Amateur-sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune. Group has nothing to recommend it,” was another damning comment.

The revelation, recently discovered in the BBC Archives, appears in a forthcoming film, David Bowie: The First Five Years. Bowie’s disastrous audition came four years before he found global fame with his 1969 album David Bowie and single Space Oddity.

The First Five Years, which is set to air on BBC Two in early 2019, features unheard audio recordings and the first on-camera interview with Bowie’s former girlfriend and muse Hermione Farthingale.

The BBC will also screen the star’s headline performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000, which to this day has yet to be shown in full. Bowie went on to sell almost 150 million records during his career, becoming one of the most influential artists of the last half a century.

He died of cancer in January 2016 aged 69, shortly after the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar. right note early in his career, after the BBC Talent Selection Group labelled the singersongwriter’s music “extremely dull” and suggested he lacked “musical ability”.

The Who also fell victim to the panel, with a judge noting that lead singer Roger Daltrey’s voice was “harsh and rather unpleasant”. The committee also failed to recognise Seventies glam rocker Marc Bolan’s talent, with a BBC executive blasting the star’s efforts as “pretentious

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