Today would have been the late David Bowie’s 71st birthday. To mark the occasion, Parlophone Records have shared a previously unreleased early demo of the iconic singer’s ’83 hit single “Let’s Dance.”
Bowie recorded the demo with Nile Rodgers on December 19 and 20, 1982, in Switzerland after Rodgers flew to Bowie’s home to work on some tunes. Excited by their progress, they decided to track the songs immediately and scrambled to enlist a band to assist at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.
The recording is a stripped-down version without the eventual dominant backing singers and additional production bells and whistles. Listen to the newly mixed rarity below.
CHIC frontman Rodgers, shared a statement about the recording. “I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me,” he said. “He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!’” He explained that the demo became a blueprint for the song as well as the entire Let’s Dance album. “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!”