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A 1973 Bowie performance thought lost is aired

A recently rediscovered David Bowie Top of the Pops performance has been shown on television for the first time since it was originally broadcast in 1973.

It was believed that every recording of the singer performing Jean Genie had been destroyed.

It emerged in October that retired cameraman, John Henshall, who was filming on the day, had kept a copy of the show.

In the four-minute clip, Bowie performs alongside his then-band The Spiders From Mars, who play a slightly extended version of the single.

Arts Editor Will Gompertz reports.

You can watch the full version of David Bowie's performance of The Jean Jeanie on the Top of the Pops Christmas special on Christmas Eve on BBC Two at 2225 - or you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer

  • 21 Dec 2011
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