Private Dancer (song)

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"Private Dancer"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
Released October 28, 1984
Format
Recorded 1984
Genre
Length 7:11
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Mark Knopfler
Producer(s) John Carter
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Better Be Good to Me"
(1984)
"Private Dancer"
(1984)
"I Can't Stand the Rain"
(1985)

"Private Dancer" is a song by recording artist Tina Turner. Initially penned for and recorded by British rock band Dire Straits, it was written by the group's lead vocalist Mark Knopfler and produced by John Carter for Turner's fifth solo album Private Dancer (1984). Released as the album's fifth single, the track reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the US R&B chart. The song had moderate international success, reaching number twenty-six on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video for the song features Tina Turner as a disillusioned ballroom dancer, although the song could also be interpreted as being sung from the perspective of a lap dancer. Contrasting images of the lavish decadence of the mid-1980s on one hand, and the mid-40s prime of Turner (foreshadowing the mid-40s prime of Starship's Grace Slick, born less than a month before Turner, during 1985-1987 and the early-50s prime of Cher in 1998-1999) on the other hand, are both clearly on display.

Background[edit]

The song was originally going to be included on the Dire Straits album Love over Gold. After the song was recorded, however, the vocals were not added. Mark Knopfler considered that they were not suitable for a male to sing, so the track was cut from the final mix.[1][2] Legal restrictions prevented the original recording from being used, so two years after it was recorded, the track was remade by Dire Straits for Tina Turner. Terry Williams replaced the original drummer Pick Withers. Knopfler did not feature on the track and was replaced by Jeff Beck.

The music video, featuring dance choreography by Arlene Phillips, was directed by Brian Grant and filmed at London's Rivoli Ballroom. [1] [2]

Personnel[edit]

Versions and mixes[edit]

  • 7" edit – 3:54
  • Album version a.k.a. Full Length Mix (12") – 7:11

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 5
France (SNEP)[5] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 4

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