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Leif Garrett – I Was Made For Dancin’ (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 31st, 2014


A. Front

B. Side One


Leif Garrett (born Leif Per Nervik; November 8, 1961) is an American singer, actor and television personality. He became famous in the late 1970s as a child pop star and teen idol.

In mid-1978 he signed with Scotti Brothers Records and recorded his second album, Feel the Need. Its first single, “I Was Made For Dancin'”, reached #10 on the US Hot 100 and #4 on the British chart in early-1979. It became his greatest hit in both the US and the UK.

I Was Made For Dancin’ (Vocal) 6:53

I Was Made For Dancin’ (Instrumental) 6:24

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1978 I Was Made For Dancin’ U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #10
1978 I Was Made For Dancin’ U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #38


Label: Scotti Bros. Records ‎– DK 4702
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Arranged By – John D’Andrea
Producer – Michael Lloyd

From Scotti Brothers LP: “FEEL THE NEED”

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C. Side Two

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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31 Responses to “Leif Garrett – I Was Made For Dancin’ (US 12″)”

  1. Jermajesty Says:

    Lol, Had never heard of this guy til last week when he popped up on a repeated episode of Top of the Pops 1979.

    Have you seen him now? Jesus.

    BTw Paul, bring Disco Friday, have you heard of Gepy & Gepy, an italian disco act from the 70s but (somewhat unusally for Disco I find) with a male singer. Check out his album covers on Google!! 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah Leif looks a bit hard. That is what Justin Beiber is going to look like in a few years if he doesn’t clean up his act. OMG! that cover is hilarious ha. Never heard of Gepy & Gepy 🙂


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Lol Beiber, i think you’re right!


    risildowgtn Reply:

    ouch hahahhahahaha


  2. Stefano Says:

    Great Disco Friday post. This is a classic disco tune. Very nice to have the instrumental version too.
    I last saw him on TV: didn’t reckognise him at all! I understand he has been addicted to a lot of everything for a long time. Here in Europe we lost sight of him after his singing career, so I was kinda shocked seeing him on this TV show in a rather poor state.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    He was in a movie called “The Outsiders” which I love because it was filmed here in Tulsa. Anyway he still looked pretty good. He was on The Talk recently giving advice to Justin Bieber.



    gawpat Reply:

    He’s also on Brook Shield’sSuddenly Susan.


  3. Jeff Says:

    How delightful is this song!!! I was obsessed with it while I was growing up; never heard the full dance version so this is an added bonus. You’re right about Leif being a precursor to the Biebs. He, Justin that is, better be careful. It’s sad, but people can change.

    Thanks for ending the week on such a sentimental and nostalgic note for me Paul. You bring the smiles for sure!!!

    Enjoy your weekend my friend!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. Enjoy you’re weekend as well 🙂


  4. Mike Says:

    YES! Super disco cheeze! I’d forgotten he was in The Outsiders, great movie. Now that I think of it, he may have been Diane Lane’s boyfriend.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah Mike in the movie he played her boyfriend 🙂


  5. Brian Says:

    never knew a 12″ for this song existed, thank you so much


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Brian 🙂


  6. Marcello Says:

    Nice post this one Paul !

    I’ve got the picture disc version, only the sound quality is so much lower than a normal vinyl version.

    I will enjoy this massive disco classic in 24 bit for sure. Hope my neighbours will do the same ;-


    DjPaulT Reply:

    That picture disc is nice Marcello typically they usually sound pretty bad I have never had one that sounded good. I think your neighbors will love it. Play it loud my friend!


    ex15 Reply:

    This is one I won’t be downloading, gosh were we really that bad in the 70s (dress sense)?

    And yes picture discs weren’t that good quality wise, but still better than today’s brick-walling of CDs…

    As always Paul, keep them coming..


  7. VanceMan Says:

    I always thought this was a fun song (as was its sort-of twin, “Kiss in the Dark” by Pink Lady, which has all the same people involved around the same time period. Not really the same song, but close.)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Love that Pink Lady song now I just need to track down the 12″ thanks for reminding me of it VanceMan.


  8. partytimeboy Says:

    Had it only in a very compressed mp3.
    Thanks for sharing this Hi-Q rip with us!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Partytimeboy 🙂


  9. giorgios-greece Says:


    he was made for dancin’ but You are made for The Best Vinyl Rips!!!!!!

    thank u dj!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Giorgio!!


  10. Ramone Says:

    Both Leif and this song are featured on the Wonder Woman episode ‘My teenage idol is missing’ ..Ill prob have to dl this one haha !! His acting was marginal ..but its a catchy song for sure !


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’ll have to track down that episode Ramone. Sounds fun 🙂


  11. Rick [gimpyforever] Says:

    wow a truly fabulous flashback…thank you!! I absolutely love disco Fridays!!! thank you Paul!! Rick 🙂


  12. Dirk Says:

    Leif did not invent the abuse of drugs just stumbled on it. Not. Ever since the invention of amphetamins it has been abused. Only it wasn’t smeared all over the media. Not only jazzmucisians, later rock, pop and gospel and the rest. But also opera singers, actors, doctors, jetsetters – everybody connected to somebody had the availability. And a lot of people got hooked. Cocaine was even more popular, but speed was ‘tested’ for all sorts of illnesses and fatigues and legally prescribed under various names.. A lot of money to be made by having your artist dependant and insecure… Remember Elvis anybody?
    Too bad it takes more than growing up to become yourself.
    I for one was pleasantly surprised to see Leif got out and up from falling in the traps a few years ago.
    This one track needs a little boost by a great remix to give him credit for the millions who already danced on his song.


  13. ric Says:

    Thanks for this Disco treat, Paul!
    I remember him being the teen idol alongside David Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy and Donny Osmond in the 70s…
    Such a fun disco song…Used to play this with another “I Was Made For” disco song…can you guess which one?


  14. M.A. Says:

    I’d like to second what Dirk said, along with thanking DJ Paul for another fantastic and meticulous upload.

    Like millions of others, I had a huge crush on Leif in the late 70s, and still vividly remember jumping up and down with joy as a 9 year-old at discovering his “Feel the Need” LP as a gift from my parents under the Christmas tree in 1979. As my musical interests evolved in the 80s I stopped following his career, and was saddened many years later to learn of his addiction – but even more, the extent to which he and his family were shamelessly exploited by his management company. What he went through and the burdens he’s had to carry as a result of his environment and his mistakes are things probably few of us could endure.

    I think it’s amazing and admirable that he’s been able to keep going in the face of tremendous adversity and even ridicule – which he doesn’t deserve as he was (and still is) a talented artist. I’ve been touched and encouraged to see him re-emerge in a positive light recently, from a thoughtful appearance on “The Talk” that Paul referenced above to an excellent guest performance on a melodic track by a post-grunge band called Tantric (“My Turn” – look it up if you like rock!).

    He mentioned on the show that he was clean and working on a book – I think that’s just fantastic. One of the things I always loved about him was how empathetic and considerate he always came across, no matter who he was talking to – a true gentleman. And a far cry from today’s bratty, arrogant supposed “teen idols”.

    As for the song, it may be considered “disco cheese” now, but in 1979 it was THE song and a worldwide smash – a well-crafted song of its time which I agree would be so great remixed.

    And there was no one more beautiful than Leif. 19 year-old Bieber cannot hold a candle to 19-year old Leif. At least in my eyes. 😀

    Thanks so much again for this upload!


  15. Jason Says:

    Thanks for the upgrade Paul. Only had this as a poor quality mp3.


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  17. Barbara Riley Says:

    I remember taking my young-teen daughter to some music store I believe in Illinois when Leif was about 17 or 18. He was the heart-throb of the ALL the young teen girls. I remember someone saying that Leif was related to someone in the Huey Lewis and the News group. Can you verify that?
    My daughter, who is now 53, and I are having an ongoing friendly-feud. You could put an end the feud, one way or the other! Hope you reply!
    I really like your site. Very informative on just about anyone in the music business.


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