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What's Love Got To Do With It

by

Tina Turner



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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
Private Dancer 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.
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Comments (14):

No one does it better than Tina. Do it baby!!!
- George, Louisville, KY
For a woman who could sing circles 'round Aretha's histrionic fat arse - this isn't bad but Tina could do so much more. Still waiting for that raw blues collection.
- Edwin, Vancouver, BC
Cliff Richard was origally offered this song from the same writter who penned cliffs hits "devil woman" and "carrie" but someone at cliffs office turned the song down because "it wasnt right for cliff" cliff now jokes in concert saying that that person does not work for him anymore,cliff finally did get a chance to record it on his 2003 album "wanted" but i think even cliff fans would have to admit that tinas version is much better and that is coming from a Cliff fan.
- mark, dublin, Ireland
Forget this ballad crap, go back to 1975 & discover Tina's version of ACID QUEEN from the "TOMMY" soundtrack. She belts it out like she did the 60's R & B stuff & "Nutbush City Limits" wich was a hit in 1975.
- Nunzio, Darwin, Australia
This song is an anthem for me. It is incredibly honest for a popular song: It's right up there in that category with Carole King's "It's Too Late Baby." Even if you didn't know about Tina's struggles, you can draw strength from her voice and the energy she radiates with it in this song.
- MusicMama, New York, NY
I HOPE she's stronger emotionally than she's talented musically.
- Jon, Oakridge, OR
Waren G Featuring Adina Howard did a rap cover version in 1996 which got to number 2 in the U.K.
- neil, middlesbrough
Never knew it was a synthesizer. Cool!
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
A Yamaha DX-7 Synthesizer was used for the harmonica solo.
- Chris, Charleston, SC
when i first heard this i didnt know my mom liked this song. and i like this song now. and i wish i had her cd and i hope my mom buys me her cd someday.
- sarah floyd, bloomingdale, IL
I was 15 when this was a hit and discovered love for the 1st time, but also had my heart broken as well. This song says it all, and I still consider it a personal tune in my emotional acrhives
- Dee, Indianapolis, IN
It all began for Tina Turner with Phil Spector's masterpiece "River deep, mountain high". Phil Spector created a great "Wall of Sound" around Tina's voice, I think it's one of his best productions and for Tina the start of her career.
"River deep, mountain high" and Phil Spector, SUPER, SUPER GOOD!!!
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
Hey Josie. I know right. tina seems like she's a strong woman, even with all the trouble whe went through.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
I think tina is a very strong woman and i admire her for her strength. although she got badly beaten by her husband she got up and carried on. She's great.
- Josie, Colchester, England
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