Let's Dance (Chris Montez song)

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"Let's Dance"
Single by Chris Montez
B-side"You're the One"
Format7-inch record
GenreRock and roll, garage rock
Songwriter(s)Jim Lee
Producer(s)Jim Lee
Chris Montez singles chronology
"Let's Dance"
"Some Kinda Fun"
Audio sample

"Let's Dance" is a 1962 hit-single by Chris Montez, written and produced by Jim Lee.[1]

Original version[edit]

The personnel on the original recording included Carol Kaye on guitar, Ray Johnson on Philicorda organ, Ray Pohlman on bass guitar and Jesse Sailes on drums. When initially released, the song shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and to No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

In 1972 the song was coupled as an "oldie" with the Shirelles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and re-released in Europe. Based on radio play, the record company, London Records, quickly removed the Shirelles cut and replaced it with the original flip side "You're the One". Consequently, the recording reached the top five for a second time, in both Britain and Germany. It was also the title track of a 1972 album by Montez.


Chart (1962) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 15

Slade version[edit]

"Let's Dance"
Single by Slade
from the album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album
B-side"Standing on the Corner"
Released15 November 1988[11]
Format7-inch single, CD single
GenreHard rock, pop rock
Songwriter(s)Jim Lee
Producer(s)Jim Lea
Slade singles chronology
"We Won't Give In"
"Let's Dance"
"Radio Wall of Sound"

"Let's Dance" was covered by British rock band Slade in 1985 for their studio/compilation album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album. The version was produced by bassist Jim Lea. In 1988, the band released their version as a single, dubbed the "1988 Remix". It failed to chart in the UK.


Having reverted to their own independent label Cheapskate in 1987, Slade were largely inactive in 1988, having agreed to take an 18-month break.[12] However, in November 1988, the band decided to release their 1985 cover of "Let's Dance" as a single, but it failed to gain sufficient radio airplay and did not reach the charts. "Let's Dance" had been recorded for Crackers. In a 1989 interview with Guitarist, guitarist Dave Hill recalled: "We just did a rock version of it for a laugh, and thought we'd stick it out." Speaking of the band's decision to release it as a single, Holder said in a 1989 fan club interview: "We thought it was a good track. We decided that "Let's Dance" stood a good chance of getting some airplay so we decided to put the record out, but it wasn't the case. Only the commercial stations like Piccadilly and some of the others played it regularly, but without Radio One, you're sunk."[13]


"Let's Dance" was released on 7" vinyl and 3" CD by Cheapskate Records in the UK only.[14][15] The 7" vinyl included the B-side "Standing on the Corner", which was an album track taken from the band's 1974 album Slade in Flame. For the CD version, two extra tracks were added; "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel". Both were also taken from Slade in Flame.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, the single was reviewed on the BBC Radio 1 programme Singled Out. Those who reviewed the single were producers Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. All three reminisced about the band with DJ Mike Read, stating what a great band they were. Mike Stock commented that Noddy Holder was the greatest pure rock 'n' roll singer since John Lennon.[17][18]


7" Single
  1. "Let's Dance (1988 Remix)" - 2:40
  2. "Standing on the Corner" - 4:54
CD Single
  1. "Let's Dance (1988 Remix)" - 2:40
  2. "Far Far Away" - 3:37
  3. "How Does It Feel" - 5:55
  4. "Standing on the Corner" - 4:54


Additional personnel
  • Chas Chandler - producer of "Standing on the Corner", "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel"

Other charting covers[edit]

Swedish pop group Ola & the Janglers had a hit with "Let's Dance" in 1968, which reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.

British rock band Status Quo included "Let's Dance" in their 1990 medley "The Anniversary Waltz (Part One)", which was a hit throughout Europe and hit #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Other covers[edit]

Other artists who have covered the song include:


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  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Montez – Let's Dance" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Montez – Let's Dance" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Chris Montez Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chris Montez – Let's Dance" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Chris Montez – Let's Dance". VG-lista. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Chris Montez: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chris Montez Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Chris Montez Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  11. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/boyz3
  12. ^ "Noddy Holder Interview - Sky By Day 1989". YouTube. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  13. ^ Ian Edmundson. "SLADE @ www.slayed.co.uk". Crazeeworld.plus.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  14. ^ "ALL Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  15. ^ "Slade - Let's Dance at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  16. ^ "Slade - Slade In Flame at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  17. ^ "1988 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  18. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter October–November - December 1988
  19. ^ "Sylvie Vartan - M'Amuser / Tous Mes Copains (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-11-15.

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