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Let's Dance (Chris Montez song)

"Let's Dance" is a 1962 hit-single by Chris Montez, written and produced by Jim Lee.[1]

"Let's Dance"
Chrismontezletsdancesingle.jpg
Single by Chris Montez
B-side "You're the One"
Released 1962
Format 7"
Recorded 1962
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:22
Label Monogram Records
Songwriter(s) Jim Lee
Producer(s) Jim Lee
Chris Montez singles chronology
"Let's Dance"
(1962)
"Some Kinda Fun"
(1962)
"Let's Dance"
(1962)
"Some Kinda Fun"
(1962)
Audio sample

Contents

Original versionEdit

The personnel on the original recording included Joel Hill on guitar, Ray Johnson on organ, Ray Pohlman on bass and Jesse Sailes on drums. When initially released, the song shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and to No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

In 1972 the song was coupled as an "oldie" with the Shirelles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and re-released in Europe. Based on radio play, the record company, London Records, quickly removed the Shirelles cut and replaced it with the original flip side "You're the One". Consequently, the recording reached the top five for a second time, in both Britain and Germany.

This tune was also featured in the 1978 comedy film, National Lampoon's Animal House starring John Belushi. It was also the title track of a 1972 album by Montez.

In Tina Turner's 1988 Live in Europe album/CD, Tina sings a duet with David Bowie wherein they sing the first 2 verses of the "Let's Dance" written by Jim Lee and performed by Chris Montez, then segue into the last section of Bowie's song "Let's Dance".

Slade versionEdit

"Let's Dance"
 
UK cover of "Let's Dance".
Single by Slade
from the album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album
B-side "Standing on the Corner"
Released 15 November 1988
Format 7" Single, CD Single
Recorded 1985
Genre Hard rock, pop rock
Length 2:40
Label Cheapskate Records
Songwriter(s) Jim Lee
Producer(s) Jim Lea
Slade singles chronology
"We Won't Give In"
(1987)
"Let's Dance"
(1988)
"Radio Wall of Sound"
(1991)
"We Won't Give In"
(1987)
"Let's Dance"
(1988)
"Radio Wall of Sound"
(1991)

"Let's Dance" was covered by British rock band Slade in 1985 for their studio/compilation album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album. The version was produced by bassist Jim Lea. In 1988, the band released their version as a single, dubbed the "1988 Remix". It failed to chart in the UK.

BackgroundEdit

With the band's contract with RCA having ended in 1987, the band released two singles on their own independent label Cheapskate Records. Both failed to achieve commercial success and the band were largely inactive in 1988, having agreed to take an 18-month break.[2] In November 1988, the band decided to release their 1985 cover of "Let's Dance" as a single, however it failed to gain sufficient radio airplay and did not reach the charts.

"Let's Dance" had been recorded for Crackers – The Christmas Party Album. In a 1989 interview with Guitarist, guitarist Dave Hill recalled: "We just did a rock version of it for a laugh, and thought we'd stick it out." Speaking of the band's decision to release it as a single, Holder said in a 1989 fan club interview: "We thought it was a good track. We'd pondered over a few different songs, but we decided that "Let's Dance" stood a good chance of getting some airplay around that time because when we didn't release a single the year before, all the jocks wanted to know why. So we decided to put the record out, hoping it would get the plays, but it wasn't the case. Only the commercial stations like Piccadilly and some of the others played it regularly, but without Radio One, you're sunk."[3]

ReleaseEdit

"Let's Dance" was released on 7" vinyl and 3" CD by Cheapskate Records in the UK only.[4][5] The 7" vinyl included the B-Side "Standing on the Corner", which was an album track taken from the band's 1974 album Slade in Flame. For the CD version, two extra tracks were added; "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel". Both were also taken from Slade in Flame.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Upon release, the single was reviewed on the BBC Radio 1 programme Singled Out. Those who reviewed the single were producers Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. All three reminisced about the band with DJ Mike Read, stating what a great band they were. Mike Stock commented that Noddy Holder was the greatest pure rock 'n' roll singer since John Lennon.[7][8]

FormatsEdit

7" Single
  1. "Let's Dance (1988 Remix)" - 2:40
  2. "Standing on the Corner" - 4:54
CD Single
  1. "Let's Dance (1988 Remix)" - 2:40
  2. "Far Far Away" - 3:37
  3. "How Does It Feel" - 5:55
  4. "Standing on the Corner" - 4:54

PersonnelEdit

Slade
Additional personnel
  • Chas Chandler - producer of "Standing on the Corner", "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel"

Famous coversEdit

Pop cultureEdit

In 2013, the original Chris Montez recording was used as a jingle for a TV commercial for DSW Shoe Warehouse.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "home_fr". Chrismontez.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Noddy Holder Interview - Sky By Day 1989". YouTube. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  3. ^ Ian Edmundson. "SLADE @ www.slayed.co.uk". Crazeeworld.plus.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  4. ^ "ALL Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Slade - Let's Dance at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Slade - Slade In Flame at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  7. ^ "1988 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  8. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter October–November - December 1988
  9. ^ "Sylvie Vartan - M'Amuser / Tous Mes Copains (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-11-15. 

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