Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bowie and Jagger: Dancing In The Street

Here's one last post to end my recent series about Live Aid. David Bowie and Mick Jagger teamed up to create this song and video, which was played at the Live Aid concert. Its a re-make of the classic '60s song by Martha and the Vandellas. According to Wikipedia:

The video was shown twice at the Live Aid event. Soon 
afterwards the track was issued as a single, with all 
profits going to the charity. "Dancing in the Street" topped the 
UK charts for four weeks, and reached number seven in 
the United States. Bowie and Jagger would perform the song 
once more, at the Prince's Trust Concert on June 20, 1986. 

This Bowie-Jagger collaboration also fits well with comments made in one of my prior posts about the unique duets which were responsible for the song "State of Shock," which was originally meant to be a duet between Michael Jackson and Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, but then became a Jackson-Jagger duet, and was performed by Jagger and Tina Turner at Live Aid. Jagger appears to have been quite busy in '85.


  1. Great video. It helped support the rumor that Mick Jagger and David Bowie had slept with each other. I think the story went that Bianca Jagger appeared on a talk show years after her divorce and said she'd found them in bed together.

  2. Pam--- LOL!!! I was wondering whether I should mention that!! I actually think I may have seen the very interview you are mentioning. It was actually Angela Bowie, David's ex, who was married to him during the height of his androgynous Ziggy Stardust period, who said that during her appearance on the Joan Rivers show. Its apparently in the book she wrote wrote, although I haven't read the book myself. Apparently, she walked in with them in bed... interesting period, the '70s!!!

    Perhaps Bianca said the same in another interview. I imagine it would have been a difficult secret to keep.

    1. Oh, you are correct, Lazlo -- it was Angela Bowie now that you mention it. I'll have to see if the interview clip exists; I'm sure it does. Speaking of Joan Rivers, I thought I heard at one time that she admitted she fooled around with Jagger herself back in the day.