Today, would have been the 71st birthday of the White Duke, Sir David Bowie.
To commemorate the occasion, Parlophone Records have shared an unreleased early demo of his 1983 hit single ‘Let’s Dance’.
The demo was recorded with Nile Rodgers, who also produced ‘Let’s Dance’ (1983), on December 19th and 20th 1982 at Montreux, Switzerland’s Mountain Studios. Thirty-five years later, Rodgers unearthed and mixed the track specifically for its digital-only release.
Making a comparison with the charming final version, the demo reveals ‘Let’s Dance’ in the simple essence of guitar, drums and the voice of David Bowie, exclaiming at the end of the demo: “That’s it! That’s it! Got it”.
Speaking of those early Let’s Dance sessions, Rodgers says: “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very very very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations. This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, “Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!” (Stereogum.com)
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Rodgers continues saying: “The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!”
From Nile Rodgers, and from all of us.