A longstanding rumor suggested that Kipner and Shaddick had Rod Stewart in mind when they wrote this, but Kipner told Pop Matters
otherwise. "I imagined someone like
Rod Stewart might record it," he clarified. Instead of going to Rod, the duo sought out another vocal powerhouse: Tina Turner.
According to Newton-John's 2019 memoir, Don't Stop Believin'
, Kipner and Shaddick offered the song to Turner, but she thought the lyrics were too sexy and suggested they give it to Newton-John instead. A few years later, Turner had a hit with an even more provocative number: "Private Dancer