Single

Private Dancer (1984)

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Single

Private Dancer, a wonderful pop ballad, is the title track and the fifth single from the album Private Dancer. Because the song is sung from the perspective of a high-class prostitute, it remained unreleased from a Dire Straits recording session, because Mark Knopfler thought it’s a song for a woman. Tina promoted it at several tv shows in Europe and America and performed it live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and TINA Live from 2009. The b-side track „Keep Your Hands Off My Baby“ from the European single is a previously unreleased song, which was already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982. The live b-side tracks were recorded in Chicago on August 2, 1984.

Because company advertising wasn’t allowed in the UK, the lyrics „American Express Will Do Nicely, Thank You“ were changed to „A Few Pounds Sterling Will Do Nicely, Thank You“ for airplay, released as a „Sterling“ version on an UK promo single. All commercial releases contain the „Amex“ version.

Writer: Mark Knopfler
Producer: John Carter
Design: Shot That Tiger!
Photographer: Norman Seefe
Release: October '84 (Germany) / November '84 (USA) / January '85 (UK)
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl
Charts: USA: #7 / Europe: #12 / Germany: #20 / UK: #26

7“ Vinyl Single (Europe)
  1. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01
  2. Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by Carter
  3. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Prev. Unreleased) 3:44
  4. Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by John Carter
7“ Vinyl Single (USA, UK)
  1. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01
  2. Nutbush City Limits (Live) 3:06
12“ Vinyl Maxi (Europe)
  1. Private Dancer (Full Length Version) 7:14
  2. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Previously Unreleased) 3:44
12“ Vinyl Maxi (USA, UK)
Side A
  1. Private Dancer (Full Length Version) 7:14
Side B
  1. River Deep, Mountain High (Live) 4:14
  2. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
  3. Nutbush City Limits (Live) 3:06
  4. Written by Tina Turner
    Live tracks: Mixed by John Carter and Mark Woods / Recorded live in Chicago August 2, 1984 by Westwood One
7“ Vinyl Promo (UK)
  1. Private Dancer (Sterling Version) 3:54
  2. Private Dancer (Amex Version) 4:01
CashBox Review

January 12, 1985

Private Dancer is the fourth and title single from Tina Turner’s burning sleeper for Capitol. A drowsy, sensual ballad, the tune features a rare soft touch Turner vocal, highlighting Turner’s sensational range as no other song to date. Private Dancer purrs with an understated urban edge, taking up in theme where „What's Love Got To Do With lt“ left off and with a light piano sound. Smooth CHR fare, Private Dancer is sure to continue Turner’s current Top 10 roll.

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Music Video

The music video was filmed in the London suburb Lewisham at the Rialto Theatre. It shows Tina as a hostess, looking tired and pale. She is dancing with a man in a dance hall and after a while she starts to dream, experiencing several different scenes in which she looks beautiful in a sequin dress. As she wakes up, she sees the sad reality again and turns away from her dance partner, running out of the room. A longer version with an extended intro and instrumental part was originally released on the Private Dancer EP. A shorter version is available on the Simply The Best video collection.

Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Pam James
Home Video: Private Dancer EP (VHS, LaserDisc) / Simply The Best (DVD)
Time: 4:23 (short) / 5:25 (long)

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Music Video

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