The story behind ‘All The Young Dudes’ – the first song David Bowie wrote for another artist.

One of glam rock’s all-time classics was recorded in the dead of night, in complete secrecy and only took a couple of hours to record. This is a deep dive into the story behind the song.

  • Ian Hunter — lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards
  • Mick Ralphs — guitar, backing vocals
  • Overend Watts — bass
  • Dale “Buffin” Griffin — drums
  • Verden Allen — organ, backing vocals
  • David Bowie — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
I think this was the very first cover version: by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson from his debut solo album
This is a fabulous live version by David Bowie recorded in Philadelphia.
This is Bowie in 1997 from his 50th Birthday show at Madison Square Garden with Billy Corgan
This is Bowie live at the Isle of Wight festival in 2004
This is the New York cast recording from Bowie’s last theatre project, Lazarus
I really like this sweeping classical version from pianist Jackie Perks from 2016
This version by Shortparis is arguably the strangest cover. I can’t say I like it!

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Gary Marlowe

Creator of images that are out of the ordinary, reviewer of live music and live events and interviewer of interesting people