What’s Love Got to Do with It Tina Turner
Song Title: What’s Love Got to Do with It
Artist: Tina Turner
Date of release: May the 1st 1984 (US)
Description: ” What’s Love Got to Do with It ” is by Tina Turner ( Anna Mae Bullock ), the American-born Swiss recording artist, dancer, actress and author. The song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle.
Terry Britten is an English singer-songwriter and record producer, along with writing for Tina ( and producing this song ), he has written for artists including Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Status Quo and Michael Jackson.
Graham Lyle is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He is probably best known for being part of Gallagher and Lyle, who had a UK number 6 hit with ” Heart on My Sleeve ” in 1976. Graham has also co-written 18 UK Top 40 hits and 8 Billboard Hot 100 Chart singles.
” What’s Love Got to Do with It ” was released on the 1st of May 1984 in the US by record label Capitol Records ( owned by Universal Music Group ) and taken from Tina’s fifth Album ” Private Dancer “.
The song was offered to many artists before Tina had the chance to record it. First Cliff Richard rejected it, then it was offered to Phyllis Hyman, she wanted to record it but was stopped from doing so by Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records.
Donna Summer was next in line, she sat on the song for a couple of years but never actually recorded it. Lastly the British pop group and 1981 Eurovision Song Contest winners Bucks Fizz were offered it, group member Jay Aston asked to sing the lead on the track upon hearing the demo. Her request was rejected by the producer who told her that it was not suitable for a female lead vocal.
When Tina got to hear the demo she hated it and let her feelings for the track be known. Terry Britten convinced Tina that it was right for her, Tina recalled later the experience of the first play ” He said that when a song is given to an artist it’s changed for the artist. He said for me he needed to make it a bit rougher, a bit more sharp around the edges. all of a sudden, just sitting there with him in the studio, the song became mine “.
The accompanying music video was filmed in New York City during the spring of 1984 and was directed by Mark Robinson. This is the second, official video for the single. The first video was filmed in black and white and is known as the secret version.
In the video Tina walks down a street in New York City, meeting and interacting with the people she meets along the way.
” What’s Love Got to Do with It ” was a commercial success for Tina. In the United States the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, staying at the top for 3 weeks.It spent a total of 28 weeks on the chart there and was to be Tina’s only Number One in the US.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the chart on the 16th of June 1984 and peaked at number 3, which was her highest chart position in the UK. It spent 7 weeks in the top 10 and a total of 16 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 20, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 7, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 19, France (SNEP) 21, Germany (Official German Charts) 7, Ireland (IRMA) 4, Italy (Hit Parade Italia) 21, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 10, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3, Norway (VG-lista) 10, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 8
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