David Bowie’s Unearthed Birthday Discovery

Chris Cote
Written by Chris Cote

Happy Birthday DAVID BOWIE! Today, January 8th, is David Bowie‘s 71st birthday in celebration of that, Nile Rodgers released a previously-unreleased acoustic demo of his 1983 single “Let’s Dance”, ans as Nile wrote on

“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. This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, “Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!”.

This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his ‘folk song’ and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years! It became the blue print not only for Let’s Dance the song but for the entire album as well.

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

Happy Birthday, David Bowie, and thank you Nile Rogers for this gift of unearthed Bowie!

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Chris Cote

Chris Cote

Host of The Monday M.A.S.S., Mayor of Encinitas, CA.