Tina Turner in “The Hague Holland”, 1969
Ike & Tina Turner in “The Hague Holland”, 1969
Tina Turner - What’s Love Got to Do With It (extended version)
Recorded in the spring of 1984, shortly after Tina signed a three-album deal with Capitol Records following the success of her cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”, this was one of the songs that Turner, who was trying so hard to escape her R&B roots (in spite of her cover of Al’s song), DIDN’T wanna record. Tina herself recalls running from Roger Davies, who tried to convince her to record this Terry Britten and Graham Lyle song, with its lite funk/reggae-like R&B groove. Finally at the last minute, Turner recorded the song (in one take). Once she was finished, she presented her Private Dancer album to Capitol. Once “What’s Love Got to Do With It” played, late Capitol A&R man John Carter recalled telling Roger and Tina, “this won’t just be a hit, guys, this is gonna be a Grammy winner”. Both Roger and Tina laughed it off. The final laugh, however, was from Carter: not only did this become Tina’s biggest hit reaching #1 (the only song in her 56-year career that reached that position), but it won the Grammy for Record of the Year at the 1985 Grammy Awards. Presented the Grammy by Diana Ross, Tina Turner thanked Roger Davies for believing in her and concluded, “it’s been a wonderful year!” The song also won Song of the Year for songwriters Terry Britten and Graham Lyle and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Tina.
This version, presented here, is the extended cut. It drags a little near the end but it’s a nice groove to dance to. This song was released on June 4, 1984 so it’ll celebrate its 30th anniversary this Wednesday.
Ike Turner: PHIL SPECTOR?! I didn’t know you was a fan. Hey, look here. Anything you got to say to her, you can say to me.
Phil Spector: All right, then. I’d like to record a song with her.
Ike: Hey, y’all hear that? Phil Spector want to record with Ike and Tina.
Phil: Actually, I’d like to record a song with Tina.
Ike agreed via a payment of 25 G’s… then Tina went to the studio that fall in 1965 and recorded the song a record 63 times before Spector’s hard-headed ass was satisfied with Tina’s delivery. She got so hot from recording it over and over, she took off the wig AND the blouse and performed it with a bra on.
Too Many Tears In My Eyes - Ike and Tina Turner
Mick with Ike and Tina Turner in the Stones’ dressing room, during their 1969 American tour. Ike and Tina Review were the support act.