Glam rock icon David Bowie broke into the club scene in 1983 with the unlikely hit 'Let's Dance.' But the singer/songwriter's first foray into unabashed pop music didn't start that way.
To celebrate what would have been Bowie's 71st birthday today, Parlophone Records released the original, folksy demo of 'Let's Dance.'
"This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his 'folk song' and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years!" producer Nile Rodgers said in a recent statement. "It became the blueprint not only for 'Let's Dance' the song but for the entire album as well."
And Bowie knew it was a hit from the beginning. In fact, he was so excited about the nascent track in 1982, he hovered over Rodgers' bed one morning so he could debut the song as soon as the sleeping producer woke up.
"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!'"
Bowie's enthusiasm didn't wane as they wrapped up the energetic demo. "That's it. That's it. Got it!" he exclaims after laying down the blueprint for what would become one of his top selling singles.
Check it out. Spotify and Apple Music links are included after the video.