From The Vault: Tina Turner – ‘Private Dancer’

Published: Sunday 19th Aug 2018 by Joe

This week we take it back to the 80’s in this week’s From The Vault.

Tina Turner’s iconic ‘Private Dancer’ is today’s pick.

‘Dancer’ was originally recorded by UK rock band Dire Straits, whose lead singer Mark Knopfler wrote the lyrics. What caused the band not use the song for themselves? They thought the lyrics were better suited to a female.

Though not fully expressed, the track tells the tale of a disillusioned prostitute as she continuously receives money for men who only come to see her “dance.” Edgy!

The song served as the title track from Tina’s fifth studio album and was released as its fifth single in 1984.

It was a #7 charting single in the US and a moderate international hit, peaking inside the Top 40 in the UK, Canada, Germany and Australia.

Shot in London, the video for the song was directed by Brian Grant. It showcased Turner as a sad and depressed ballroom performer and screens scenes of dancers engaging in – at times suggestive – contemporary choreography.

In trademark form, the superstar rocked her signature hairstyle throughout the visual and of course her legendary legs.


‘Private Dancer,’ the album was considered Tina’s comeback. Other than its outstanding material, this project is known for bringing the electrifying entertainer to the height of her career… at age 45.

Yet another example of why ageism in the today’s music industry is undeniably keeping the world from would-be megastars and amazing material. Surely the the most tantalising talents are the ones that most seasoned?

With a 52-year-old Janet Jackson currently enjoying a chart return of sorts, it will be exciting to see whether her narrative will mirror Turner’s. We’re hopeful she, the Madonna’s, and co are gifted many more impacting and iconic moments, the way ‘Private Dancer’ did for the incredible talent that is Ms. Tina Turner!

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  1. Fancy BISH August 19, 2018

    The Private Dancer album is pure ? ? ? I love everything about this album! Tina was in top form, absolutely gorgeous and in a better place in her life! And the title track is so beautiful…Tina executed this beautifully…it has that MAGIC that is missing in much of today’s music! ? My parents had this on vinyl and it was skipping all over the place after I got my 4 year old hands on it lol…the slayage is real with this one! 25 million albums sold! I wish Beyonce makes her “Private Dancer” when she gets in her 40’s ??

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