jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 31st March 2021


What’s Love Got to Do With It by Tina Turner

One thing I find interesting is the fact that song tracks have a life history of their own. One of my favourite pass times is researching the life of a song. With ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’, I read where Bucks Fizz had recorded it before Tina Turner which encouraged me to investigate further. Here are my findings.

‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ reached No.3 on 11th August 1984.

Although Turner had already scored a late-1983 Top 30 hit with her rendition of “Let’s Stay Together”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” gave Turner her first and only Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, selling over a million copies worldwide. At the time, aged 44, she became the oldest solo female artist to top the Hot 100 chart. It was the second-biggest single of 1984 in the U.S. and the 17th-biggest in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number three. It ranked second on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1984. The song received three awards at the 1985 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 1993, the song’s title was used as the title for the biographical film about Turner’s life.

In 2012, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, giving Turner her third Grammy Hall of Fame Award. The song ranked number 309 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It also ranked number 38 on the Songs of the Century list.

Several musical artists have covered the song and experienced commercial success with their recordings. American rapper Warren G released a hip-hop version in 1996, and in July 2020, Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo released a remix of the song.

The song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, who originally offered it to Cliff Richard, but it was rejected. It was then given to Phyllis Hyman, who wanted to do the song, but Arista Records head Clive Davis would not allow her. The song then was offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.

Some months before Turner recorded the song, the British pop group Bucks Fizz were offered it. Member Jay Aston requested to sing lead on the track after hearing the demo but was told by the producer that it was unsuitable for a female lead vocal. The group went on to record it in February 1984, but sung by male member Bobby G. Aston recalls the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style. It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released her version first. The Bucks Fizz version went unreleased until it was included on a re-issue of their Are You Ready album in 2000. The Original Bucks Fizz included the song in their reunion concert tour in October 2009.

Chart performance

Until the release of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, Tina Turner had not had a US top-ten single since the early 1970s. The single went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks, giving Turner her first and only solo number-one hit in the U.S. Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, at the time making her the oldest female solo artist to place a number-one single on the US Hot 100. In 1999, Cher, at age 53, became the oldest woman – solo or as part of a group – to have a US number-one hit, with her song “Believe”. The song also spent five weeks at number 2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, from July 14 to August 18, 1984; it was kept from the top spot by “When Doves Cry” by Prince (another Hot 100 number-one single). At the end of the year, the song was ranked the second-best-performing song of 1984 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100, behind “When Doves Cry”.

Worldwide, the song did well on the music charts, reaching number one in Australia and Canada. It peaked at number 3 in New Zealand and on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her highest-charting single on the latter chart alongside “River Deep – Mountain High” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”. Elsewhere, the song reached the top 10 in many European countries, including the top 5 in Ireland, Sweden, and Austria. It also reached number 2 in South Africa.

Music video

The music video features Turner walking down the street in a leather miniskirt, engaging with the public, intercut with scenes where she is singing directly to camera. The video was shot in New York City during the spring of 1984. The music video also features Sleepaway Camp 2’s Pamela Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen’s sister, as a street dancer. The video was directed by Mark Robinson.

An alternate black-and-white video directed by Bud Schaetzle features Tina singing the song against a black background while couples argue in a bar.


The song received three awards at the 1985 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Turner’s live performance of the song at the Grammy show was released on the 1994 album Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume I.

The music video for the song claimed a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985 for “Best Female Video”.

In 2012, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


The name of the song was used as the title of the 1993 biopic based on Turner’s life. The first line of the song’s chorus was interpolated in the 2002 song “What’s Luv?” by rapper Fat Joe and R&B singer Ashanti. In 2018, a cover of the song was released as a non-album single by singer, La’Porsha Renae.



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31st March

1889 Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, at 300m high it retains the record for the tallest manmade structure for 41 years.

1870 Thomas Mundy Becomes The First Black Man To Vote

The ‘15th Amendment’ of the United States, enforced in the 19th century, was a huge sigh of relief for the citizens of African-American origin. According to these set of rules, black people could cast their votes too. Thomas Mundy Peterson was the first black man to exercise this democratic right, which also landed him in the pages of history books.

1836 Release Of The First Instalment Of Charles Dickens’ First Novel

Charles Dickens began his literary journey through the novel ‘The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club’, for which he adopted a pseudonym called Boz. The first edition of this famous literary work was published on March 31, 1836. Eventually more instalments of this great work were printed since it became a much sought after literary work.



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