David Bowie – Lady Grinning Soul

Lady Grinning Soul by David Bowie has long been a huge favourite of mine. A totally gorgeous sensual song, it closes out Aladdin Sane and was never played live as far as I can discover. In some ways it is a hidden gem known mostly by real fans, with beautiful piano from Mike Garson and Spanish guitar solo from Mick Ronson.

I was working out how to play the original version the other day, and when looking for acoustic covers for ideas I discovered the video below.

Danny McEvoy is a talented acoustic busker originally from Liverpool but now resident on the south coast. He’s a prodigious poster (every Beatles song + every #1 through the decades) on YouTube and he seems to be able to pick up tunes in minutes given the rate he uploads them. I really liked his voicing of Lady Grinning Soul, and given his promise of publishing chords to his covers, I pinged him on YouTube. A man of his word he posted them the next day on his Facebook page (which you should visit and hopefully like), and tonight I’ve greatly enjoyed play his version! Sounds awesome since there’s a real knack to translating songs into acoustic covers and Danny’s definitely got that knack!