Bowie & Hutch
John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson is these days a semi-retired and little known jazz guitarist – he is also a veteran of three important David Bowie bands for seven years between 1966 and 1973.
Hutch's early bands The Tennesseans and The Dave Kirby Five supported the likes of Little Richard, Gene Vincent and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates at the Bridlington, Harrogate and Scarborough Spa Ballrooms and Hutch played solo acoustic singer songwriter gigs including the Hull Parks Concerts in the sixties.
Hutch first found bigger success in 60's Gothenburg where he joined top Swedish rock and roll band ‘The Apaches’ and the Swedes called him "Sweden's Donovan" - because he sang Bob Dylan songs..
On his return to England in 1966 Hutch auditioned, purely by chance, for a then unknown David Bowie who invited Hutch to join 'David Bowie and the Buzz' in a residency at the legendary Marquee Club. The band made TV and live appearances across the UK. Following a spell in Canada in 1968 Hutch returned to join Bowie and his girlfriend Hermione in an acoustic group called ‘Feathers’. From this period, after Hermione had departed, came Bowie and Hutch's original recorded demo version of 'Space Oddity'.
This ‘duo’ version of Bowie’s most famous song was released at Christmas 2009 on a special edition re-release of the 1969 ‘David Bowie’ album on EMI (EMI LC 0542).
After losing touch for a year or two, in 1973 David called upon Hutch again to join his 'Spiders from Mars' as 12 string guitarist for his 'Aladdin Sane' tours of USA, Japan and the UK, and Hutch was reunited for the tours with Bowie and with the other East Yorkshire musicians Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey.
When David broke up the Spiders, Hutch played solo TV, Radio, Concert supports and acoustic venues in the North East, and his Scarborough band 'Hutch and it's Easy' brought Hutch to the attention of the record companies in London. It was with his next Newcastle based band 'American Echoes' that he enjoyed critical success when their debut single 'Ooh Las Vegas' (Mercury Records) became Dave Lee Travis's BBC Radio One record of the week in 1979.
Hutch spent much of his time since 1980 'working for a living' in the oil industry but continued to play gigs regularly too. In 2006 Hutch lived and worked for a time in Baku Azerbijan in the Caspian Sea oil region, and played there with his own band of Azeri and Russian musicians in the Old Baku Jazz Club.
Both Hutch’s daughter Hayley Hutchinson and son Jesse Hutchinson are highly regarded performers, Jesse plays mostly in and around Scarborough and Hayley more widely due to airplay and national tours, both solo and with The Sorry Kisses.
Hutch’s memoir ‘Bowie & Hutch’ is published in the spring of 2014 by Lodge Books of Bridlington.
Hutch was Bowie’s musical collaborator, side-man, accompanying musician and friend. His unique story, a first-hand account of life on the road with David Bowie, covering Bowie & Hutch’s musical lives in parallel from the beginnings through the rock and roll years and up to the present day, should be an essential read for Bowie fans around the world.
Bowie and Hutch