“Private Dancer” is a song by American-born Swiss singer Tina Turner. The song was written by British singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler, best known as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band Dire Straits. The song was initially intended for Dire Straits’ 1982 album Love over Gold. Tina’s recording was the title track and the fifth single from her fifth solo studio album, released in 1984. The single was released in November 1984 with “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby or Nutbush City Limits (Live)” on the B-side.
“Private Dancer” became one of Tina Turner’s signature songs and received critical acclaim for its quality and emotional depth. It was also a commercial success, charting well in various countries, incl. #7 in the United States.
“Private Dancer” is characterized by its bluesy, soulful sound with a touch of rock. Tina Turner’s powerful and emotive vocals take center stage in this song. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who turns to performing in a private club to make a living, and the emotional toll it takes on her The song’s themes of personal struggle and resilience, combined with Turner’s compelling performance, continue to resonate with audiences, making “Private Dancer” a classic in her extensive music catalog.
The music video was directed by Brian Grant and filmed at London’s Rivoli Ballroom.