Dancing in the Street
  • David Bowie: SO we're gonna shoot this video where we dance and get in each other's faces and almost kiss and if ur cool with it we can actually kiss. HOWEVER this video may or may not start a rumour that will last till the end of time that we were sleeping together even though it's totally true but we will never admit to it and have a couple name called dick bagger. You in or out?
  • Mick Jagger: Where do I sign up??

I want to marry the person who made this video


On this day in music history: June 29, 1985 - “Dancing In The Street” by David Bowie & Mick Jagger is recorded. Written by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter and William “Mickey” Stevenson, it is the lone pairing of the two rock icons. The idea to record a cover of Motown classic (originally recorded by Martha & The Vandellas in 1964), comes when Bowie and Jagger are both asked to perform at the Live Aid concert, organized by Bob Geldof. The pair had intended to perform “Dancing In The Street” live with Mick Jagger performing in Philadelphia at JFK Stadium, and David Bowie at Wembley Stadium in London, linking the two up by satellite. When too many technical issues make the long distance duet not possible, the pair decide to go into the studio and quickly record the song. Jagger flies to London to meet with Bowie, who at the time is working on music for director Julien Temple’s film “Absolute Beginners” (in which he also stars) at Abbey Road Studios. Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (Madness, Elvis Costello, Dexys Midnight Runners) produce the track which is recorded and mixed in less than twelve hours. Immediately after the song is recorded, Bowie and Jagger film a music video for the song with director David Mallet at the London Docklands, which is completed in only four hours. The music video makes its debut during the broadcast of the Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985. The single is released worldwide on August 13, 1985, with all royalties generated from sales being donated to the Band Aid Trust for Ethiopian famine relief. The Bowie/Jagger duet is a hit, spending four weeks at number one on the UK singles chart beginning on September 7, 1985, and peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 12, 1985.

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On this day in music history: July 31, 1964 - “Dancing In The Street” by Martha & The Vandellas is released. Written by Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter, it is the biggest hit for the legendary Motown vocal trio fronted by lead singer Martha Reeves. The initial idea for the song comes from Motown staff producer and songwriter Mickey Stevenson after watching people cool themselves in the water flowing from open fire hydrants during the hot Detroit summer. Stevenson shows an early draft of the song to Marvin Gaye who suggests a number of changes to the lyrics. Once in the studio, the pair cut the track with members of the Funk Brothers with Gaye in the drummer’s chair, on June 19, 1964 at Motown’s Studio A. During the session, songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter contributes musically to the song, suggesting that it should have a heavier back beat. They do this by adding unusual percussion to the track by banging a crowbar and snow chains on the floor studio. When the track is complete, Stevenson and Gaye have Kim Weston in mind to record it, but she passes on recording it. Gaye play the song for Martha Reeves who agrees to do it after suggesting making changes to the vocal arrangement to personalize it. After the single is released, it quickly becomes a smash (peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 17, 1964), not only as a party anthem but is also adapted as a rallying cry by the civil rights movement in the US, with many believing its somewhat ambiguous lyrics mask a more serious message. This actually leads some radio stations to ban the record from airplay feeling that it is “too controversial”. “Dancing In The Street” becomes one of Martha & The Vandellas’ signature songs and one of the most covered in the Motown catalog. Martha & The Vandellas original recording is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.

Awkward David Bowie Dancing: A Tribute

Originally posted by theotherworldlyone

David Bowie was my first great music love, style inspiration, may have influenced the naming of my cats, and was a damn joyous glorious wonderful dancer.  RIP Spaceman.  Grateful for these noble dance moves, and everything else you’ve given us over the years. Scroll down, enjoy and remember.

Originally posted by icantgetnosympathyforthedevil

Through dance bombing Mick Jagger…..

Originally posted by imthehuman

through pensive business-glam dance marches…

Originally posted by qwocamole

to taking charge of the Bowie/Jagger dance off again, with a dreamy wiggle in the hip..

Originally posted by runningwithhelicopters

goblins.  GOBLINS.

Originally posted by brennaxadaira

to a golden wiggley god…

Originally posted by billiejoegirl

to too cool to stay on my stool….

Originally posted by bowie1984

more hips. rockabilly hips…

Originally posted by stolen-guitar

OG elbow dancing.   (Taylor’s version here)

and until the very end.

Originally posted by cheaptrash

 always, always this……

Originally posted by truefaces

Thank you Bowie, creative genius, and dancing king.


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