"Dancing in the Street" is a 1964 song first recorded by Martha and the Vandellas and later covered by the Power Station in concert.
About the songEdit
Produced by William "Mickey" Stevenson and written by Stevenson and Marvin Gaye, the song highlighted the concept of having a good time in whatever city the listener lived. The idea for dancing came to Stevenson from watching people on the streets of Detroit cool off in the summer in water from opened fire hydrants. They appeared to be dancing in the water.
A second hit version was done by Mick Jagger and David Bowie as a duo in 1985, as part of the Live Aid charity movement. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at the JFK Stadium, until it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.
Calling out around the world Are you ready for a brand new beat Summer's here and the time is right For dancing in the street They're dancing in Chicago Down in New Orleans Up in New York City All we need is music, sweet music There'll be music everywhere There'll be swinging swaying records playing Dancing in the street Oh it doesn't matter what you wear Just as long as you are there So come on ev'ry guy grab a girl Ev'rywhere around the world They'll be dancing They're dancing in the street It's just an invitation across the nation A chance for folks to meet There'll be laughing, singing, music swinging Dancing in the street Philadelphia, PA Baltimore and D.C. now Can't forget the Motor City All we need is music, sweet music There'll be music everywhere There'll be swinging, swaying, records playing Dancing in the street Oh it doesn't matter what you wear Just as long as you are there So come on ev'ry guy grab a girl Ev'rywhere around the world Dancing They're dancing in the street Way down in L.A. Every day Dancing in the street