1984 - Private Dancer 7 Inch Single

"Private Dancer" is a single from Tina Turner's album "Private Dancer".
The song was written by Mark Knopfler and was initially meant for the rockband Dire Straits. The was originally included on their Love Over Gold Album but when the instrumental track was recorded without the adding of vocals, Mark decided that this song was not suitable for a male voice. The track was left out of the final mix for their new album.

When Roger Davies called the management of Dire Straits in 1984 for left over songs they only came up with "Steel Claw". The management told Roger that they didn’t have any other left over songs from Dire Straits. However Mark Knopfler was a very busy writer and remembered that they had one left over track from their new album which he thought it should be performed by a female singer. Of course the title of the song was "Private Dancer". Mark arranged a new mixed demo for the song and sent it over to Tina. She really liked the song and decided to record it.

"Private Dancer" is song about a dancer , who could be a classical dancer, stripper or even a prostitute who considers herself as a private dancer for money. She gives us a piece of her mind and her loneliness and emptiness inside. That even she has feelings and dreams to look forward too. Tina shot a video for this song and she plays the story very well, and let us see the multiple personalities of this empty feeling dancer. The video was shot in London at The Rivoli Ballroom, was directed by Brian Grand, and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Most people think that Mark Knopfler also plays the guitar solo on Tina’s version. Wrong! It was Jeff Beck who played the guitar solo. Mark Knopfler didn’t play any part on the song.

Tina performed the song many times on tv through the years. A few examples are Solid Gold and The American Music Awards. She also has performed it in every live show. From 1984 – 2009.

The song was released all over the world and became a smash hit. It came in different formats like 7’’ single with different covers, 12’’ with different covers and cassette.

 

 

One version has the B-side "Nutbush City Limits" and the other version has the B-side "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby". This track has been a rare track for years, until it was released on a remastered version of the "Private Dancer" 30th anniversary Album in 2015.
"Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" is a great rock song that tell us the story about a marriage wrecker. A woman who tries to tempt someone else’s man. We love Tina’s vocals on this song and gives you the superb 80’s rock feeling.

 

 

Track Listing
"Private Dancer"
Private Dancer

Album: Private Dancer - 1984

All the men come in these places
And the men are all the same
You don't look at their faces
And you don't ask their names
You don't think of them as human
You don't think of them at all
You keep your mind on the money
Keeping your eyes on the wall

[Chorus:]
I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer
A dancer money
Any old music will do

I wanna make a million dollars
I wanna live out by the sea
Have a husband and some children
Yeah, I guess I want a family
All the men come in these places
And the men are all the same
You don't look at their faces
And you don't ask their names

[Chorus 2x]

Deutschmarks or dollars
American Express will nicely...Thank You!
Let me loosen up your collar
Tell me do you wanna see me do the shimmy again

[Chorus]

- 3.54 min.
"Keep Your Hands Of My Baby"
Keep your hands off my baby

Single: Private Dancer - 1984

I've seen the way that you look at him,
When you think I'm not around,
And I've seen you try to catch his eyes,
And you think you're gainin' ground.
You know last night he told me,
Everything that you said,
You asked him if he gets lonely,
Well then get this through your head

Keep your hands off my baby,
Keep your hands off my baby,
Don't you know you better give it up,
Give it up, give it up, give it up, give it up,
Don't you know you better stop, better stop,
Leave my baby alone.

I've seen the way that you brushed back your hair,
I've heard your baby-talk,
I know just what you're thinkin' there,
Ooo, I'm watchin' what you want.
You know it took a lot of patience,
To win my baby's love,
Now you're tryin' my patience,
If you push, I'm gonna shove.

Keep your hands off my baby,
Keep your hands off my baby,
Don't you know you better give it up,
Give it up, give it up, give it up, give it up,
Don't you know you better stop, better stop,
Leave my baby alone (yeah).

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah....

I've seen the way that you look at him,
When you think I'm not around,
I've seen you try to catch his eyes,
And you think you're gainin' ground.
You know last night he told me,
Everything that you said,
You asked him if he gets lonely,
Well get this through your head.

Keep your hands off my ....,
Keep your hands off my baby,
Keep your hands off my baby,
Don't you know you better give it up,
Give it up, give it up, give it up, give it up,
Don't you know you better stop, better stop,
Leave my baby ....

Give it up (yeah), give it up (yeah), said give it up (yeah),
Give it up (yeah), give it up (yeah),
Don't you know you better stop, (better stop),
Leave my baby alone

- 3.40 min. or
"Nutbush City Limits"
Nutbush city limits

Single: Nutbush City Limits - Ike and Tina Turner - 1973

A church house gin house
A school house outhouse
On highway number nineteen
The people keep the city clean

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

Twenty-five for speed limit
Motorcycle not allowed in it
You go to store on Friday

You go to church on Sunday

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

You go to the fields on weekdays
And have a picnic on Labor Day
You go to town on Saturday
And go to church every Sunday

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

No whiskey for sale
If you get drunk no bail
Salt pork and molasses
Is all you get in jail

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

A little old town in Tennessee
A quiet little old community
A one-horse town
You have to watch what you're putting down
In old Nutbush, oh Nutbush

- 2.56 min.


Released: 1984
Genre: Pop, R&B, Smooth-Jazz
Length: 3.54
Label: Capitol
Writers: "Private Dancer" - M. Knopfler
"Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" – T.Kelly and B. Steinberg
"Nutbush City Limits" - Tina Turner
Producer: John Carter

Chart Positions (1984–85)
Australia (Kent Music Report) - 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) - 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM) - 11
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) - 7
Germany (Official German Charts) - 20
Ireland (IRMA) - 14
The Netherlands (Single Top 100) - 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) - 5
Spain (Promusicae) - 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) - 26
US Billboard Hot 100 - 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) - 30
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) - 3

 

Source: Wikipedia and Discogs

1975 - Under my thumb
1975 - Whole lotta love
1976 - Acid Queen
1978 - Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller
1978 - Viva la money
1978 - Sometimes When We Touch
1979 - Fruits of the Night
1979 - Music keeps me dancin'
1979 - Backstabbers
1980 - Are you breaking my heart
1982 - Ball of confusion
1983 - Lets Stay Together
1984 - Help
1984 - What's love got to do with it?
1984 - Better be good to me
1984 - Private Dancer
1984 - I can't stand the rain
1985 - Show some respect
1985 - We don't need another hero - Mad Max
1985 - One of the living
1985 - It's only love - with Bryan Adams
1986 - Typical Male
1986 - Back where you started
1986 - Two People
1987 - Girls
1987 - What you get is what you see
1987 - Break every rule
1987 - Paradise is here - Special Edition
1987 - Tearing us apart - with Eric Clapton
1988 - Nutbush City Limits
1988 - Tonight Live - with David Bowie
1988 - Addicted to love
1988 - A change is gonna come
1989 - The Best
1989 - I don't wanna lose you
1989 - 6345789 - with Robert Cray
1990 - Steamy Windows
1990 - Foreign Affair
1990 - Look Me in the Heart
1990 - Be Tender With Me Baby
1990 - It takes Two - with Rod Stewart
1991 - Nutbush City Limits
1991 - Way of the world
1991 - I want you near me
1991 - Love Thing
1993 - I don't wanna fight
1993 - Disco Inferno
1993 - Why must we wait until tonight?
1993 - Proud Mary
1995 - Goldeneye
1996 - On silent wings
1996 - Whatever you want
1997 - Cose della vita - with Eros Ramazzotti

 

 
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