Today, you can celebrate what would've been David Bowie's 71st birthday by accepting a fresh invitation to "Let's Dance."
An unreleased demo of the 1983 No. 1 hit is streaming now, courtesy of Parlaphone Records. It was recorded with producer Nile Rodgers, the Chic guitarist who recalls waking up in Montreux, Switzerland, to discover Bowie "peering over me" with an acoustic guitar in hand.
"Nile, darling," Bowie said, "I think this is a hit."
Indeed it was. "Let's Dance," the title track of Bowie's 1983 album, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week starting May 21, 1983, dethroning Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
It was the second—and last—No. 1 single of Bowie's career, joining "Fame," his 1975 collaboration with John Lennon.
Bowie died of liver cancer two years ago, on January 10, 2016, just two days after his 70th birthday and the release of his final album, "Blackstar." Like "Let's Dance," it became a No. 1 hit, the only Bowie album to ever top the Billboard 200 album chart.