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Sting wrote this after he saw a brief news story about women dancing in the streets of Chile torn apart by the Pinochet regime. The women were dancing in the streets with pictures of their husbands, fathers, brothers or sons pinned to their clothes or they were holding the pictures and dancing with them. (thanks Carole - St. Augustine, FL)
Branford Marsalis played the sax.
This was released as a single along with a Spanish version of the song, "Ellas Danzan Solas." It didn't chart.
Jackson Browne said in a 2008 issue of Rolling Stone: "'They Dance Alone' is one of my favorite examples of how to speak to people. He magnified an appropriated image and passed it on to the world."
The man who created Yacht Rock with "Sailing" wrote one of his biggest hits while on acid.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson
Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."