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Private Dancer (Tina Turner song)

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Released  October 28, 1984
Genre  Pop smooth jazz R&B
Recorded  1984
Length  7:11
B-side  "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"
Format  7" single 12" single Cassette

"Private Dancer" is a song by American recording artist Tina Turner. Initially penned for and recorded by British rock band Dire Straits, it was written by the group's lead vocalist Mark Knopfler and produced by John Carter for Turner's fifth solo album Private Dancer (1984). Released as the album's fifth single, the track reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the US R&B chart. The song had moderate international success, reaching number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.


The music video for the song features Tina Turner as a disillusioned ballroom dancer, although the song has also been interpreted as being sung from the perspective of a prostitute.


The song was originally going to be included on the Dire Straits album Love over Gold. After the instrumental track was recorded, however, the vocals were not added. Mark Knopfler considered that they were not suitable for a male to sing, so the track was cut from the final mix. Legal restrictions prevented the original recording from being used, so two years after it was recorded, the track was remade by Dire Straits for Tina Turner. Terry Williams replaced the original drummer Pick Withers. Knopfler did not appear on the track and was replaced by Jeff Beck.

The music video, featuring dance choreography by Arlene Phillips, was directed by Brian Grant and filmed at London's Rivoli Ballroom.


  • Tina Turner: Vocals
  • Jeff Beck: Lead guitar
  • John Illsley: Bass guitar
  • Alan Clark: Piano, Hammond organ, percussion
  • Guy Fletcher: Synthesizers
  • Hal Lindes: Rhythm guitar
  • Terry Williams: Drums
  • Mel Collins: Saxophone
  • Norman Seeff: Cover photography
  • Versions and mixes

  • 7" edit – 3:54
  • Album version a.k.a. Full Length Mix (12") – 7:11
  • References

    Private Dancer (Tina Turner song) Wikipedia

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