As the world mourns the death of David Bowie, who passed away after an 18-month long battle with cancer, a touching letter from the iconic musician has resurfaced.
Bowie wrote the letter to his first American admirer nearly fifty years ago when he was just 20-years-old. In 1967 14-year-old Sandra Dodd from New Mexico sent Bowie some fan mail, here’s the reply she received…
Lovely David Bowie letter to a 14 yr old American fan, 1967. “I hope one day to go to America”. pic.twitter.com/YtbA7K8hu1
— Paul Kirby (@paul1kirby) January 11, 2016
Twitter user Paul Kirby shared the letter which has gone viral.
The letter captures Bowie as a down to earth, modest young man who hoped to “one day get to America”. Little did he know at the time how bright his future as an artist would be.
Read the full transcript here:
25th., September 1967
When I called in this, my manager’s office, a few moments ago I was handed my very first American fan letter – and it was from you. I was so pleased that I had to sit down and type an immediate reply, even though Ken is shouting at me to get on with a script he badly needs. That can wiat (wi-at? That’s a new English word which means wait).
I’ve been waiting for some reaction to the album from American listeners. There were reviews in Billboard and Cash Box, but they were by professional critics and they rarely reflect the opinions of the public. The critics were very flattering however. They even liked the single “Love You Till Tuesday”. I’ve got a copy of the American album and they’ve printed the picture a little yellow. I’m really not that blond. I think the picture on the back is more ‘me’. Hope you like those enclosed.
In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it. “Nobody’s going to make a monkey out of you” said my manager. My birthday is January 8th and I guess I’m 5’10”. There is a Fan Club here in England, but if things go well in the States then we’ll have one there I suppose. It’s a little early to even think about it.
I hope one day to get to America. My manager tells me lots about it as he has been there many times with other acts he manages. I was watching an old film on TV the other night called “No Down Payment” a great film, but rather depressing if it is a true reflection of The American Way Of Life. However, shortly after that they showed a documentary about Robert Frost the American poet, filmed mainly at his home in Vermont, and that evened the score. I am sure that that is nearer the real America. I made my first movie last week. Just a fifteen minutes short, but it gave me some good experience for a full length deal I have starting in January.
Thankyou for being so kind as to write to me and do please write again and let me know some more about yourself.
(Signed, ‘David Bowie’)
Rest in peace, Starman.