Read David Bowie's Response To His First American Fan Mail

11 October 2016, 14:08

David Bowie

The letter from 1967 will feature in the second volume of Shaun Usher's Letters Of Note series.

David Bowie's response to the first letter he ever received from an American fan has resurfaced, and it makes for very sweet reading.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the typed correspondence from 1967 was written in response to 14-year-old Sandra Dodd from New Mexico, before Bowie had even travelled to the United States.

The charming letter begins: "When I called in this, my manager's office, a few moments ago I was handed my first American fan letter - and it was from you. I was so pleased 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".

After talking about his debut album, and how he looks more blonde on the US cover, Bowie also inserted a picture of himself that he called "more 'me' " before going on to answer young Sandra's burning questions. 

The young Bowie continues: "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 here I suppose.

He innocently adds: "It's a little early to even think about it."

Read Bowie's sweet letter in full here. 

The Heroes singer's letter is part of a collection which has been compiled by Shaun Usher, entitled, Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence, Volume 2.

Also featured in the book are the likes of Winston Churchill, John Lennon, Jane Austen and Abraham Lincoln.