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What's Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
Album: Private DancerReleased: 1984Charted:
This was Tina Turner's comeback song. She first hit the Pop charts with her husband Ike in 1960, and their biggest hit came in 1971 with a cover of "Proud Mary
." After enduring years of spousal abuse, Tina split from Ike in the mid-'70s and her career was in limbo until this song thrust her back in the spotlight 13 years after "Proud Mary." More hit singles followed, cementing her status as a music icon. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Tina hated this song, and did not want to record it. She had the good sense to defer to her manager, Roger Davies, who was engineering her comeback and was sure the song would be a hit for Tina. Davis got the song from his friends, the songwriters Terry Britten and Graham Lyle (who was in the duo Gallagher and Lyle), and it was Britten who produced the track.
This won Grammys in 1985 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance. Turner gave one of the awards to Davies, who she credited with reviving her career.
At the second MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, this won for Best Female Video
was Turner's first album for Capitol Records. They took a chance on her when it appeared she was no longer marketable, and it paid off big, as the album was a huge hit. Recording the album was no easy task, as several producers, songwriters and musicians were used to assemble the various songs. One of the producers was Rupert Hine
, who worked on the tracks "Better Be Good To Me
" and "I Might Have Been Queen
." Hine told us that it was Turner's professionalism and ungodly talent that made it work. Said Hine: "She approaches things in such a diligent way and she 'owns the song' - that’s the phrase she used to use, which basically means she sings along with it at home. I give her a songwriter’s demo and then she’ll sing it in her key. And then the point where she sings along with the tape and she feels she’s got it, it’s now her song."
In 1993, the title was used for a movie about her life starring Angela Bassett as Turner. Bassett lip-synched to Turner's songs.
Turner's first song to chart was "A Fool In Love" with her husband Ike in 1960. When this hit #1 US, she set the record for longest time between first song to chart and first #1 hit with 24 years.
Before this came out, Turner released a version of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together
" which did surprisingly well, especially in England. This was released as soon as possible to take advantage of the momentum.