Watch: David Bowie ‘Jean Genie’ Lost 1973 BBC Footage

Rare footage of a performance of David Bowie (in his Aladdin Sane persona) on Top of the Pops in 1973 has been released online after going air again only a few hours ago on the BBC. The song he performs was his then new hit single Jean Jeanie, which was aired only once before tapes of the show were locked away and reportedly reused to tape other programs.

Due to the cost of tapes, it was common for older programs to be taped over to save money. It was believed that this version was lost forever, but recently, cameraman John Henshall revealed that he made an additional copy of the airing for himself. It was aired again for the first time in decades on the TOTP 2011 Christmas special earlier this morning (Last night in the UK).

Watch: David Bowie – Jean Genie (Lost 1973 BBC Footage)

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