Private Dancer is a pop song, written by Mark Knopfler and produced by John Carter. It’s the title track and the fifth single from the album Private Dancer. The song 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 German 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 the UK promo single. All commercial releases contain the „Amex“ version.

The music video, directed by Brian Grant and produced by Pam James, 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 on VHS and LaserDisc. A shorter version is available on the Simply The Best home video on DVD.

Released in October 1984 in Germany, in November 1984 in America and in January 1985 in England from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ & 12“ vinyl, Private Dancer reached #7 in America, # 20 in Germany, #12 in Europe and #26 in England.

CashBox Magazine - 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.

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Back Cover

single (germany)

A. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01

Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by John Carter

B. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Previously Unreleased) 3:44

Written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg / Produced by John Carter

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single (usa, uk)

A. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01

B. Nutbush City Limits (Live) 3:06

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maxi (germany)

A. Private Dancer (Full Length Version) 7:14

B. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Previously Unreleased) 3:44

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maxi (usa, uk)

A1. Private Dancer (Full Length Version) 7:14

B1. River Deep, Mountain High (Live) 4:14

Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Mixed by John Carter and Mark Woods / Recorded live in Chicago August 2, 1984 by Westwood One

B2. Nutbush City Limits (Live) 3:06

Written by Tina Turner / Mixed by John Carter and Mark Woods / Recorded live in Chicago August 2, 1984 by Westwood One

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promo (uk)

A. Private Dancer (Sterling Version) 3:54

B. Private Dancer (Amex Version) 4:01

Design: Shot That Tiger!
Photo: Norman Seefe

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Single

Vinyl Maxi (UK) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Single

Vinyl Single (USA) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Promo

Billboard Promo 1985

Her Private Dancer Album is already

GOLD in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Portugal and South Africa

PLATINUM in Australia, Canada, Holland, New Zealand, Sweden, and The United Kingdom

TRIPLE PLATINUM in the United States

NOW Introducing the first hit of 1985…
"PRIVATE DANCER"
The title track of the album
... and that’s only the beginning!

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Music Video

Music Video
Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Pam James
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 4:23

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