This week would have marked David Bowie's 71st birthday, and in honor, a never-before-released early demo of Bowie's 1983 chart-topper "Let's Dance" was just unleashed as a digital single for sale as a download and through the usual streaming services. The song dates back to 1982, and Bowie recorded the track in Montreux, Switzerland, with producer Nile Rodgers, who also performed guitar on the song. Erdal Kizilcay, who would later become a Bowie regular, plays bass on the track.

Rodgers dug up the demo recording last fall and remixed it at his Le Crib Studios in Westport, Connecticut, with producer and sound engineer Russell Graham.

"My creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very, very, very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations," Rodgers, who co-produced the full album Let's Dance with Bowie, said in a statement. "This demo gives you, the fans, a bird's-eye view of the very start of it!"

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Rodgers goes on to say that Bowie introduced him to the track by playing it on an acoustic guitar and said, "I think this is a hit!" He was right.

"This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his 'folk song' and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years!" Rodgers added. "It became the blueprint not only for 'Let's Dance,' the song, but for the entire album, as well…Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!"