BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #554: ‘ WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT’- TINA TURNER – SEPTEMBER 1, 1984

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Billboard #1 Hits: #554: ‘ What’s Love Got To Do With It’- Tina Turner. September 1, 1984. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’- Tina Turner
  • Record Company- Capitol
  • Genre: Pop, R&B
  • Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle
  • Time: 3:48
  • B-side:’Rock And Roll Widow’
  • Album- Private Dancer
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia and Canada.

Don’t call it a comeback- Tina Turner at age 44 became the oldest female performer to score a #1 hit in the late summer of 1984. It would also go on to win Grammy’s for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. A decade later the title would be used in the movie biography of her incredible life. Rolling Stone ranked it at #309 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. The song wasn’t first offered to Tina but to Cliff Richard who rejected it, then to Phyllis Hyman who wanted to do it but Arista Record chief Clive Davis said no, it then was passed on to Donna Summer who sat on it for a couple of years- and never recorded it. Before it reached Tina Turner- the British pop group Bucks Fizz- they did it in a different style- but the song fell to Tina and after Tina released it Bucks Fizz shelved the idea of putting it on their album.

2 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #554: ‘ WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT’- TINA TURNER – SEPTEMBER 1, 1984

  1. It was so great to see that after all she had been through, Tina Turner finally struck gold in the ’80s. I loved the “Private Dancer” album. The follow-on “Break Every Rule” wasn’t bad either.

    Tina Turner was even better as a live performer. I was fortunate to see her twice – in Germany in the mid-’80s (parts of that concert ended up on the album “Tina Live in Europe”) and in the U.S. in 1993.

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