“Let’s Dance,” the title track and signature piece of the Serious Moonlight Tour, didn’t start out as a funky dance number. In its earliest demo incarnation, it was a pretty folky guitar thing. But as Bowie and his crew worked through it (with Chic’s Nile Rodgers producing), the song became something entirely different.
Here’s an early version of the song.
The guy behind the bass line was Carmine Rojas. The more Bowie’s studio band worked on the song, the funkier things became. Here’s the full story of it all came together.
(Via No Treble)