A small front page story in the May 19, 1973 issue of Music Week
revealed Essex sues David Bowie
; Essex Music, not David Essex.
The company had issued a High Court writ claiming a 1967 agreement assigned them "Ching-A-Ling", "Mother Grey
" and "April's Tooth Of Gold
"Ching-A-Ling" was recorded at Trident Studios in 1968 by Feathers, the only record this hippy group ever recorded. One of those hippies was Bowie himself, and the song really is as bad as it sounds.