What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………….on December 30th of 2000 it was a very good year for several classic rockers. Pollstar’s Top 10 list of tours showed that the number 1 concert draw was Tina Turner with earnings of $80.2 million from her Twenty Four Seven farewell tour. Fourth place was earned by KISS, at $62.7 million, and eighth spot was Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young with $42.1 million. Here from 1984 is Tina Turner with her #1 song “What’s Love Got To Do With It”. It’s really an anti-love song, and Turner hated it. She balked at recording it, but 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. 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, whom she credited with reviving her career. Davies, an Australian who was new to the business, met Turner in 1979 after she had released a series of failed solo albums. Turner set some records when this song went to #1 on the Hot 100. At 44, she became the oldest female solo artist ever to top the chart. Her first song to chart was “A Fool In Love” with her husband Ike in 1960, at 24 years, she set the mark for longest time between first song to chart and first #1 hit.  The song peaked at #3 in the UK.