VIDEO: David Bowie talks about his Doncaster roots

Rock superstar David Bowie.
Rock superstar David Bowie.

A video has emerged of late rock icon David Bowie talking about his Doncaster roots.

The YouTube clip is an excerpt from an interview with Barnsley chat show host Michael Parkinson's TV show and features the singer, who died earlier this month, talking about his Doncaster born dad.

In the clip, Bowie reveals how his father, Haywood Stenton Jones, hailed from Yorkshire, but seems unclear on his birthplace as he discusses the topic with Parkinson.

He says: "My father was from Yorkshire, somewhere between Tadcaster, Doncaster and York."

The Ziggy Stardust icon, who died after a private 18-month battle against cancer, then bursts into a Yorkshire accent telling the presenter that Parkinson sounds like his dad, who he describes as "a good man."

The clip also features Bowie talking about his backing band, The Spiders From Mars and how they were reluctant to wear colourful costumes and make-up in their early career,

He says the Hull-formed band - made up of Mick Ronson on guitars, Trevor Bolder on bass guitar, and Mick Woodmansey on drums - would berate the singer and tell him "there's no way I'm putting that on."

However, to laughs from the audience, Bowie then reveals that when the costumes drew attention from female admirers, the dressing room atmosphere changed.

He said: "It would be 'who's got the blush. Hey Trevor, you finished with that mascara yet?"

Bowie's Doncaster roots stretch back to the 1900s - his grandad owned the Jubilee Boot and Shoe Company, which was based in St Sepulchre Gate, where the Caffe Nero coffee shop is now situated.

His father, more commonly known as John, was born at the address at 41 St Sepulchre Gate in the town centre in 1912.

Bowie's grandmother is buried in Hyde Park Cemetery.

After moving to London, where Bowie was born, Mr Jones lost touch with his Doncaster roots - although he did return to the town in the 1960s to open a Barnardos childrens home - he worked for the charity as a publicity officer during his later years.

It is not clear how much the singer knew of his Doncaster roots and connections - although he did perform two concerts in the town during the 1970s.

The first date was September 1, 1972 when he brought his Ziggy Stardust tour to the Top Rank Suite - now Kooky nightclub - in Silver Street.

The global tour across the United Kingdom, North America, and Japan in 1972-73 was to promote the studio albums The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Aladdin Sane. Tickets for the concert cost just 95p in advance and £1.10 on the night.

The singer was back less than a year later, returning to the same venue on June 27, 1973.