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★  Jun 15, 2024  ★

Who Played Guitar on David Bowie's "Let's Dance"?

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Headshot of David Bowie from his official video for the song Let's Dance

Answer: Stevie Ray Vaughan.

It blew my mind to discover that SRV played on one of Bowie's best singles and my perennial karaoke favorite. I just assumed Bowie was way too cool to hang out with Steve Vaughan.

In most other contexts, I find Steve Ray Vaughan's king-of-the-white-boy-blues style unbearable, but on Let's Dance Bowie has expertly appropriated it and made it sexy. Typical Bowie, and totally cool. Another sweet move Bowie pulled was "playing" the guitar solo in the official video. Great artists steal, right?

The more you know.

SRV also rips on my favorite track on the album, "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"