Song of the Day, September 1: What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Tina Turner

Today’s song is What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Tina Turner. Originally recording as half of a duo with her notoriously abusive ex-husband, the late Ike Turner, Tina racked up 20 Hot 100 hits including the #4 smash Proud Mary. After a ten-year absence from the charts, she returned in 1984 with a stirring cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. The next hit from her comeback album Private Dancer was a huge smash, going all the way to #1 and establishing her as a major star of the 80s. What’s Love Got to Do With It? is a powerful song of independence that simultaneouly questions the value of love and recognizes its power. One of my favorite major hits of the decade, the song started its three-week run at the top on this date in 1984. Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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