Single

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1984)

Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It - Single

What’s Love Got To Do With It is a pop song and Tina’s first number one hit in America. It was released as the first single to promote her upcoming album Private Dancer while she was on tour with Lionel Richie. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows in Europe and America and performed it live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and TINA Live from 2009. Both b-side tracks were previously unreleased, already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards and won two of them in 1985. It was also inducted into the „Grammy Hall of Fame“ in 2012. What’s Love Got To Do With was also used as the title for the biographical movie about Tina’s life story. In 2010, a „Karaoke Edition“ (Instrumental Version) and in 2018, a Symphonic Version, taken from the album „80’s Symphonic,“ was released digitally.

Writer: Terry Britten, Graham Lyle
Producer: Terry Britten
Design: Shot That Tiger!
Photographer: Peter Ashworth
Release: May '84 (USA) / June '84 (UK) / Juli '84 (Germany)
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl (picture)
Charts: USA: #1 / Australia: #1 / Canada: #1 / UK: #3 / Germany: #7 / Europe: #9 (single), #2 (airplay)
Certifications: USA: 1x Gold / UK: 1x Silver
Grammy: 1985 (Best Pop Vocal Performance Female, Record of the Year)

7“ Vinyl Single (Europe)
  1. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48
  2. Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten
  3. Don’t Rush The Good Things (Previously Unreleased) 3:45
  4. Written by Neil Gammack / Produced by John Carter
7“ Vinyl Single (USA)
  1. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48
  2. Rock’n Roll Widow (Previously Unreleased) 4:45
  3. Written by Tom Snow / Produced by John Carter
12“ Vinyl Maxi (Europe)
  1. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Extended Version) 5:45
  2. Don’t Rush The Good Things (Previously Unreleased) 3:45
12“ Vinyl Maxi (USA)
  1. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Extended Version) 5:45
  2. Rock’n Roll Widow (Previously Unreleased) 4:45
Digital
  1. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Karaoke Edition) 3:51
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Music Video

The first music video, filmed in black & white in the S&A studios in Los Angeles, is very artistically and Tina looks absolutely gorgeous in it, but it is also a little bit melancholic. Most of the time we see only Tina’s face in close-up and her bare shoulders, with scenes of several couples having problems with each other in between. At the end, Tina goes up a spiral staircase in a leather dress and her eyes are shown in close-up. Because Tina was not so happy with this video, it was rarely shown on television.

The second video is totally different and much more positive, filmed live in New York City with Tina in a black mini skirt and a jeans jacket. She is looking at the East River with a ferry and comes later from a tube station, walking down the streets and interacting with different peoples. At the end, she stops at a chalk drawing of the Private Dancer cover. This video features also Pamela Springsteen, the sister of Bruce Springsteen as a street dancer. This video was originally released on the Private Dancer EP on VHS and won a MTV Video Music Award in the category „Best Female Video“ in 1985. Both videos are also available on the Simply The Best video collection on DVD.

Director: Mark Robinson
Producer: John Caldwell
Home Video: Simply The Best (DVD)
Time: 3:47

Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It - Single

Director / Producer: Bud Schaetzle
Home Video: Simply The Best (DVD)
Time: 3:50

Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It - Single

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