80s Song of the Day: Private Dancer by Tina Turner

Private Dancer by Tina Turner was released on October 28, 1984, with Keep Your Hands Off My Baby as the B side. It was the fifth single from Turner’s album of the same name.

The song was written by Dire Straits’ lead singer Mark Knopfler for the band’s album Love Over Gold. The track was cut from the album when Knopfler decided the vocals were not suitable for a male to sing. Dire Straits remade the track for Turner, with Jeff Beck replacing Knopfler on lead guitar.

The song reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the US R&B Chart. In the United Kingdom, it reached No. 26 on the UK Singles Chart.


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