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LISTEN: David Bowie’s Previously Unreleased 1982 “Lets Dance” Demo Shared With The Public

Two year ago today on January 10, 2016 legendary music superstar David Bowie passed away from cancer.

This week Nile Rodgers and Parlophone have released a never before heard demo of his 1983 hit “Let’s Dance.”

Recorded in Montreux, Switzerland in 1982 by a makeshift band including Rodgers, Turkish-born guitarist Erdal Kizilcay, and an unidentified local guitarist and drummer, the track has been mixed and mastered for the first time.

 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!”

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! It became the blue print not only for Let’s Dance the song but for the entire album as well.

If you played 2nd guitar or drums let us know who you are! The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. 


WATCH Adam Lambert & Chic’s Nile Rogers Cover The David Bowie Classic “Let’s Dance” – Video

Adam Lamberts lets dance

The legendary Nile Rodgers– musician, producer, composer, arranger, guitarist and founder of Chic—served as curator for a benefit Dance Party like no other in the history of the East End of Long Island on behalf of AFTEE (All For The East End) a unique charity focused solely on raising money for the local nonprofits that make the East End of Long Island.

Rogers was joined on stage at the benefit by none other than Adam Lambert and they performed ‘Let’s Dance’ which Nile Rodgers produced  David Bowie in 1983 and became one of Bowie’s biggest hit singles, reaching #1 in the UK, US and various other countries.

And HELL YES I’ll dance with you, Adam. Anywhere, anytime.