"Do You Want to Dance" is a song written by Bobby Freeman and recorded by him in 1958. Cliff Richard and the Shadows' version of the song reached No. 2 in the United Kingdom in 1962, despite being a B-side. It reached No. 8 in the United States when released by the Beach Boys in 1965 as "Do You Wanna Dance?", and a 1972 cover by Bette Midler ("Do You Want to Dance?") reached No. 17.
The Beach Boys version[edit source | edit]Edit
|"Do You Wanna Dance?"|
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Today!|
|B-side||"Please Let Me Wonder"|
|Released||February 15, 1965|
|Recorded||January 11, 1965|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
The Beach Boys' version of "Do You Wanna Dance?" was a single released through Capitol Records on February 15, 1965. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the highest charting Beach Boys song to feature Dennis Wilson on lead vocals. According to the contemporary Gilbert Youth Survey conducted nationwide in April 1965, it spent one week on its chart at number five. The B-side was "Please Let Me Wonder". The song was also released on the 1965 album The Beach Boys Today!.
Recording[edit source | edit]Edit
"Do You Wanna Dance?" was recorded on January 11, 1965 at Gold Star Studios and was produced, arranged and conducted by Brian Wilson. Take 3 of the song was used as the master. The song was first released in 1965 in mono on the band's album Today! with a stereo remix of the song being released in 2012 on the stereo remaster of that same album.
Personnel[edit source | edit]Edit
- The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals
- Mike Love – harmony and backing vocals
- Brian Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; acoustic grand piano
- Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; lead and rhythm electric guitar
- Dennis Wilson – lead vocals
- Additional musicians and production staff
- Hal Blaine – drums, woodblocks
- Chuck Britz – sound engineer
- Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone
- Plas Johnson – tenor saxophone
- Larry Knechtel – bass guitar
- Larry Levine – sound engineer
- Jay Migliori – baritone saxophone
- Bill Pitman – rhythm guitar
- Leon Russell – hammond organ
- Billy Strange – electric mandolin
- Tommy Tedesco – mandolin
- Julius Wechter – tambourine, tympani
- Marilyn Wilson – harmony and backing vocals
* derived from AFM contract sheets.
Live versions[edit source | edit]Edit
The song was rarely played live before the late 1980's. Due to the original lead singer, Dennis Wilson's death in 1983, the song was sung by band mate Bruce Johnston throughout the late 1980s and into the late 1990s. When original Beach Boy David Marks rejoined the group for a short stint in 1998, he began to take over the lead on the song. Following Marks departure in 1999, Johnston once again took over the lead on the song. The song has often been played as a medley with the Beach Boys single "Dance, Dance, Dance".
Brian Wilson has performed the song on most of his solo tours with Brian himself taking the lead. However in recent years backing band member Scott Bennett has taken over the lead.
During the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour the song was played with Brian on lead vocals.
Bette Midler version[edit source | edit]Edit
Bette Midler included the song—with the original title restored, "Do You Want to Dance"—on her 1972 debut album The Divine Miss M. Whereas the Bobby Freeman and Beach Boys versions are uptempo rock and roll, Midler slowed the tempo of the song down to a sultry-sounding ballad. Midler's first single release, it was a hit, reaching #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1973.
In 1985, Ula Hedwig, a Bette Midler-soundalike and former backup singer, sang the song emulating Bette Midler's version for a Mercury Sable television commercial. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that using this sound-alike version in a TV commercial violated Midler's right of publicity. Midler v. Ford Motor Co., 849 F.2d 460 (9th Cir. 1988).
Other versions[edit source | edit]Edit
- 1960 - Eddie Cochran
- 1962 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows, "Do You Want to Dance", B-side to "I'm Lookin' Out the Window". The single sold more than 1 million copies worldwide and reached #1 in Holland and Australia. Recorded in December 1961 at EMI's Abbey Road studios, the session, engineered by Malcolm Addey and produced by EMI's A&R man Norrie Paramor, was one of the last to feature Tony Meehan and Jet Harris before they left The Shadows in 1962. The songs reached #10 and #2 respectively in 1962. "Do You Want to Dance" was also included on the EP Cliff’s Hits (1962).
- 1964 - The Four Seasons recorded a version of "Do You Want to Dance" appearing on their album Dawn (Go Away).
- 1964 - Del Shannon, "Do You Want to Dance" (Amy single release)
- 1966 - The Mamas & the Papas - debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. Part of the instrumental melody in this version is sampled in the Jens Lekman song "Maple Leaves".
- 1966 - Johnny Rivers album Changes.
- 1966 - We Five
- 1973 - Barry Blue
- 1974 - Hurriganes
- 1975 - John Lennon album Rock 'n' Roll.
- 1975 - T. Rex - bonus track on the album Bolan's Zip Gun.
- 1977 - The Ramones album Rocket to Russia.
- 1978 - Ray Stevens album There is Something on Your Mind.
- It was covered live during Neil Young's 1983 rockabilly period.
- 1985 - Dave Edmunds on the soundtrack Porky's Revenge!
- 1987 - Barbie in the "Rockin' Back to Earth" episode of her television series.
- 1988 - David Lindley and El Rayo-X on their "Very Greasy"
- 1990 - Belinda Montgomery on Doogie Howser, M.D. season 1 episode 16 - "It Ain't Over Till Mrs. Howser Sings" (January/17/1990)
- 1993 - Peter Andre on his debut album Peter Andre.
- 1993 - The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy album Waiting For The Love Bus.
- 1996 - Petty Booka on their album Blue Lagoon of Petty Booka.
- 1996 - Wax on the soundtrack Bio-Dome
- 1998 - The Queers on their Ramones tribute album Rocket to Russia.
- 1998 - Jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley on his release For Your Pleasure.
- 1998 - Attaque 77 in their CD of covers Otras Canciones; the version was in Spanish.
- 2000s (decade)
- 2001 - Raimundos album Éramos 4
- 2006 - Laurent Voulzy album La Septième Vague
- 2007 - Lucy Lawless performed the song in concert at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood.
- 2008 - Energy album Race the Sun.
- 2008 - Andreas Johnson album Rediscovered.
- 2009 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows a track on the 250,000 selling album Reunited
- 2012 - Ash EP Little Infinity.
- 2012 - Juliana Hatfield album Covers.
- 2012 - Rachael MacFarlane album Hayley Sings.
In popular culture[edit source | edit]Edit
- The original Bobby Freeman recording features in the comedy-drama film American Graffiti (1973).
- Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is rumored to have recorded the guitar on the original Bobby Freeman version. However, there is no definitive documentation of this.
- The Ramones' version of "Do You Wanna Dance?" was used in an American television advertisement for the release of Wall-E on DVD and in the popular cult film Rock 'n' Roll High School.