'Let's Dance' Demo Released for David Bowie's 71st Birthday

“Babel.” Credit Tsutomu Umezawa  Paramount Vantage

“Babel.” Credit Tsutomu Umezawa Paramount Vantage

Today (8 January) would have been his 71st birthday, and to mark the occasion, Parlophone Records has shared a previously unreleased early demo of his 1983 hit single Let's Dance.

In a statement released on David Bowie's official website, Nile Rodgers issued a statement on the development of this demo, describing how excited Bowie was to develop this particular tune.

According to the recent news report, Nile Rodgers and David Bowie linked up in 1982 at Bowie's home in Switzerland to go over music for what would become the album "Let's Dance". Rodgers and Bowie made a decision to record some demos with a makeshift band put together with the help of Montreux Jazz Festival organizer Claude Nobs.

Without a band, they leaned on Montreux Jazz Festival organiser Claude Nobs to recruit some local musicians, including bassist Erdal Kizilcay (who'd later work with Bowie again on the Buddha of Suburbia and Outside) plus two others whose names weren't recorded.

In Nile's own words: "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". He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, "Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!"

"If you played 2nd guitar or drums let us know who you are!"

He added: "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!"

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