Warner Music marks 30th anniversary of Tina Turner’s Private Dancer
The 30-year milestone of Tina Turner’s Private Dancer is being celebrated by Warner Music with a new reissue package. The eight-time Grammy Award winning artist’s comeback solo album from 1984 features the Top 10 hits ‘What's Love Got To Do With It,’ ‘Better Be Good To Me,’ and the title track—the latter written by Dire Straits founder Mark Knopfler. Turner’s first-ever run of solo Top 40 hits—all from Private Dancer—also includes her sexy, soulful cover of Al Green’s ‘Let's Stay Together.’ The album was originally released on Capitol Records and became a huge global success, going multi-platinum in the U.S. and several other countries including the U.K., Australia, Canada, and Germany.
Private Dancer is Turner’s fifth studio album as a solo artist. It’s ranked among Rolling Stone's list of “The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s,” and is widely considered as one of the greatest comeback albums of all time. A new 2-CD reissue titled, Private Dancer - 30th Anniversary Edition, combines remastered versions of the original album with a second disc of 12-inch mixes, B-sides, live cuts, and three non-album singles: Turner’s duet with Bryan Adams on ‘It's Only Love,’ and the “Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome” movie soundtrack hits ‘We Don't Need Another Hero’ and ‘One Of The Living.’
The collection via Warner Music’s Rhino/Parlophone labels also features a cover of The Temptations ‘Ball Of Confusion' (That's What The World Is Today)’ recorded with Martin Ware from Heaven 17. The collaboration led to Ware producing ‘Let's Stay Together’ as the lead single from Private Dancer, which became the biggest selling 12-inch record in American pop music history.
Ware is among the four different production teams that worked on Private Dancer. Other collaborators include Terry Britten, John Carter, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Wilton Felder, Rupert Hine, Joe Sample, and Greg Walsh. In addition to the aforementioned hits, the album’s track list includes the original songs ‘I Might Have Been Queen,’ ‘Show Some Respect,’ and ‘Steel Claw.’ Turner also offers her renditions of The Beatles’ ‘Help!,’ David Bowie’s ‘1984,’ and the 1973 Ann Peebles classic, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain.’
Private Dancer was a Top 5 album in at least a dozen countries, winning four Grammy Awards in 1985 including Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for ‘Better Be Good to Me.’ The No. 1 smash hit ‘What's Love Got To Do With It’ took three awards as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Following its May 1984 release, Private Dancer was promoted through 1985 with a world tour that included more than 100 concerts in North America and 72 dates in Europe, Australia, and Japan.
Turner, 75, is currently enjoying retirement. She became a citizen of Switzerland in 2003, and lives there with her husband, Erwin Bach, a German record company executive. Her most recent previous release is the 2014 compilation titled, Love Songs. The 18-song collection on Parlophone Records includes the aforementioned Private Dancer favorites along with classics such as the Phil Spector-produced ‘River Deep – Mountain High,’ John Waite’s ‘Missing You,’ and cuts from follow up studio albums Break Every Rule (1986) and Foreign Affair (1989).
Watch Tina Turner in the official music video for ‘What's Love Got to Do With It.’ The Grammy-winning No. 1 single from the album Private Dancer is heralded as the legendary rock and soul singer’s triumphant return.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush—an unincorporated area in Haywood County, Tennessee. She and her older sister, Ruby Aillene, had an unstable childhood marked by a mother who ran off to escape their abusive father, and a home life that involved living with different relatives.
* Bullock was sent to live with her grandmother as a young teenager. The self-professed tomboy participated in cheerleading and basketball team at Carver High School in Brownsville, Tenn., but was suddenly uprooted at age 16 when her grandmother died. She then moved to St. Louis to be reunited with her mother and sister.
* After graduating high school in 1958, Bullock worked as a nurse's aide. Her dreams of becoming a nurse were dashed when she and her sister began frequenting St. Louis nightclubs. Bullock was impressed by a local musician named Ike Turner, and she became a frequent guest vocalist for his band called Kings of Rhythm.
* Under Turner’s watchful eye and guidance, Bullock became a polished performer named “Tina.’ The group signed with Sue Records and released the single ‘A Fool in Love’ in July 1960. The song became an immediate hit, peaking at No. 2 on the R&B charts and reaching No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.
* The duo married in 1962 and signed with several labels between 1964 and 1969, maintaining a rigorous touring schedule with high-energy shows that significantly increased Ike & Tina’s popularity around the world. In 1965, Phil Spector produced the song ‘River Deep - Mountain High,’ which propelled the newly named Ike and Tina Turner Revue to new heights including opening for The Rolling Stones.
* The Ike and Tina Turner Revue incorporated more rock-oriented songs, and the duo’s biggest hit came in 1971 with a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, ‘Proud Mary.’ The tune peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100, sold more than one million copies, and won a Grammy as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.
* In 1974, Tina released her Grammy-nominated debut solo album, Tina Turns the Country On!, and appeared in The Who’s rock musical, “Tommy,” as the Acid Queen. Ike Turner’s alleged drug habit, abusive behavior, and mismanaged finances led Tina to file for divorce in 1978 and begin a career as a solo artist.
* Tina Turner is an eight-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. She is credited with charting 19 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and her overall discography includes nine studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilation albums.