Some songs become hits no matter who records them. “Dancing in the Street” is a perfect example. The song was written by Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter. It was recorded by Martha and the Vandellas in 1964; the Kinks in 1965; the Mamas and the Papas in 1966; the Grateful Dead in 1977; and Van Halen in 1982.
The last time “Dancing in the Street” charted was in 1985-86 when David Bowie (top) and Mick Jagger (below) released it. The two rock giants recorded their version to raise money for the Live Aid famine relief cause.
The music video was shown twice at the Live Aid concerts, which took place in London and Philadelphia. It was filmed at Spillers Millennium Mills, a defunct flour mill in London. And, yes, David and Mick did do some “Dancing in the Street.”