This became a signature song for Tina Turner, who has famously hot legs. In the late '70s, she started performing it, and in 1981 sang it with Tom Jones on his variety show (this version was released as a single in 1997). Stewart brought out Turner
to perform the song when he was musical guest on Saturday Night Live
, October 3, 1981.
By this time, Turner had left her abusive marriage to Ike Turner and was struggling to establish herself as a solo artist. Many British artists in particular were huge fans and answered the call when they found out she was struggling. Along with Stewart, Mick Jagger and David Bowie were among those who helped Turner stage a remarkable comeback, culminating with her 1984 album Private Dancer
. Two weeks before that album was released, an American Tina Turner fan, Lionel Richie, brought her along as opening act on his Can't Slow Down tour. During his set, Richie revived "Hot Legs," bringing Turner on stage during his set to perform it.