Song: “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner
Reached #1: September 1, 1984 (her first, 3 weeks)
Wow. September already.
Anyway… Tina Turner had kind of faded a bit into obscurity after dumping her abusive/controlling/deranged husband and Svengali, Ike, in 1976. She’d done a couple of solo albums that went nowhere…
…then she changed her image, released Private Dancer, and watched the world fall at her feet…
As with a lot of hit songs, Turner wasn’t the first choice to sing it. British icon Cliff Richard had first shot… Donna Summer could have, but never got around to it… Bucks Fizz recorded it but never released it (especially after Turner got her version out there).
“Love” remains Turner’s only #1 single. She’s had a couple of songs peak at #2, and two other top 10’s. But the singles weren’t really what her career was about – it was the concerts, where she could turn up the new persona to eleven on-stage and captivate an audience. She enjoyed performing so much that she did some movie roles, most notably in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
She’s been semi-retired since 2000. Her best chance at renewed visibility was when she contributed vocals to one of Carlos Santana’s late-career singles – but you probably never heard it, as the record label forced Santana to use Michelle Branch’s version of “The Game Of Love” instead.
Tomorrow, a song that made HIStory as the first song ever to debut at #1 on the Hot 100.
Other songs that reached #1 on September 1:
1962 – “Sheila” by Tommy Roe (his first, 2 weeks)
1990 – “If Wishes Came True” by Sweet Sensation (their first, 1 week)