Jeff Beck got the cover story treatment in December's issue of Classic Rock Magazine after being named "Living Legend" by the mag. Inside the related interview, Beck spent some time talking about some of the session work that he had done over the years and perhaps unsurprisingly, he's not a big fan of doing it unless it's for someone that he likes.
He says that he's done "loads I disliked," but that playing on "Private Dancer" for Tina Turner was "okay."
"I heard her demo and she was grumbling away, singing in the wrong key, but I did it because of 'River Deep, Mountain High.'"
"I played a pink Jackson guitar and she sang 'Private Dancer' once and 'Steel Claw' once and that was it. Christ, that was swift. I added some screeching guitar and she had her biggest album ever."
It's funny, all of the times that I've heard "Private Dancer," somehow I missed that it was Jeff Beck playing the guitar.
What a killer tune still, even today after all of these years!