The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
A Decade in the Life
Tina Turner

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee.  She started singing in nightclubs at age 16 and later joined Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm.  By the mid-Sixties Ike and Tina were married, and the Ike and Tina Turner Revue was a hot R&B act, thanks largely to Tina's vigorous and sexy stage presence.  But Ike was an abusive drug addict, and Tina finally walked out on him with only 36 cents and a gas credit card in her possession.  She refused to take anything in their 1978 divorce, preferring to live off food stamps as she raised four children.  Michael Stewart, a former United Artists executive, began booking club dates for Tina, and in spite of the release of a couple of solo albums in the late Seventies, by the 1980 rolls around she's in debt and without a recording contract....

September 1981
While opening for the Rolling Stones on their American tour, Tina learns she's been chosen to sing "Ball of Confusion" on Virgin Records' album of revivals, Music of Quality & Distinction, Volume I.  Her performance generates renewed interest in her career, but a recording contract continues to elude her for some time.
December 1982
When David Bowie lures Capitol Records execs to a Tina Turner live performance, they offer her a contract.
December 1983
A cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" provides Tina with a hit single which reaches #6 on the UK charts.  Early the following year the single will reach US #26.
March 1984
Tina's first Capitol record, Private Dancer, is cut in two weeks.
July 1984
The first release from the new album, "What's Love Got To Do With It," soars to UK#3.  The following month the album itself will reach UK#2 and US#3, remaining in the US Top Ten for nearly a year and ultimately selling over ten million copies worldwide.
September 1984
"What's Love Got To Do With It" reached the top of the singles charts in the US.  Tina signs on to co-star with Mel Gibson in the film Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
November 1984
A second single off Private Dancer, "Better Be Good To Me," makes it to US#5.
January 1985
At the 12th Annual American Music Awards, Tina walks away with the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Female Video Artist trophies in the Soul/R&B categories.
February 1985
At the 27th Annual Grammy Awards, "What's Love Got To Do With It" earns Record of the Tear, Song of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance.  "Better Be Good To Me" getst he nod for Best Female Rock Vocal.
March 1985
The title cut from Private Dancer climbs to US#7, making three Top Ten singles in a row for Tina.
June 1985
While she's on a highly successful European tour, Tina Turner gets raves for her performance in the film Mad Max:Beyond Thunderdome.
August 1985
"We Don't Need Another Hero," from the Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack, makes it to UK#3; the following month it will peak at #2 on the US charts.
August 1986
Tina earns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
October 1986
"Typical Male," from her new album, Break Every Rule, climbs to the second spot on the US singles charts.  The following month the album is certified platinum.
March 1987
Tina embarks on a world tour that will break sell-out records in thirteen countries.
January 1988
Tina gets into the Guinness Book of Records after performing before 182,000 people at a concert in Rio de Janeiro -- the largest audience ever for a single performer.
September 1989
The single, "The Best," reaches UK#5, while Tina's new album, Foreign Affair enters the UK charts at the top spot.
November 1989
Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Duran Duran and others gather to celebrate Tina's 50th birthday; Foreign Affair is certified gold.

Private Dancer (Capitol, 1984)
I Might Have Been Queen
What's Live Got To Do With It
Show Some Respect
I Can't Stop The Rain
Private Dancer
Let's Stay Together
Better Be Good To Me
Steel Claw

What Rolling Stone Said About Private Dancer
(ranked 47th of the 100 Best Albums of the '80s)
     Perhaps the most spectacular comeback album of the Eighties, Private Dancer reestablished Tina Turner as one of rock's premier artists....Terry Britten, an Australian songwriter, co-wrote the feisty "Show Some Respect," produced a start electro-version of Ann Peeble's "I Can't Stand The Rain" and co-wrote the reggae-tinged "What's Love Got To Do With It."
     Rupert Hine, known for his work with the Fixx, produced the Holly Knight-penned "Better Be Good To Me."  Turner related her life story and her belief in reincarnation to Hine's girlfriend and songwriting partner, Jeanette Obstoj, who then wrote the album's opening track, "I Might Have Been Queen"....Mark Knopfler donated "Private Dancer," and British singer Paul Brady wrote the album's hardest rocker, "Steel Claw."  Jeff Beck, backed by Dire Straits (minus Knopfler, who had other commitments), contributed electrifying leads to both tracks.
     Recording with Britten in London by day and at Hine's country studio by night, Turner cut nine tracks in three weeks.....Private Dancer went platinum several times over, and Tina Turner's rightful place in pop's pantheon was reaffirmed.

Break Every Rule (Capitol, 1986)
Typical Male
What You Get Is What You See
Two People
Till The Right Man Comes Along
Back Where You Started
Break Every Rule
Overnight Sensation
Paradise Is Here
I'll Be Thunder

Live From Europe (Capitol, 1988)
(2-LP set)
What You Get Is What You See
Break Every Rule
I Can't Stand The Rain
Two People
Typical Male
Back Where You Started
Better Be Good To Me
Addicted To Love
Private Dancer
We Don't Need Another Hero
What's Love Got To Do With It
Let's Stay Together
Show Some Respect
Land of 1000 Dances
In The Midnight Hour
Change Is Gonna Come
River Deep, Mountain High
Tearing Us Apart
Proud Mary
Let's Dance
Overnight Sensation
It's Only Love
Nutbush City Limits
Paradise Is Here

Foreign Affair (Capitol, 1989)
Steamy Windows
The Best
You Know Who
Undercover Agent For The Blues
Look Me In The Heart
Be Tender With Me Baby
You Can't Stop Me Loving You
Ask Me How I Feel
Falling Like Rain
I Don't Wanna Lose You
Not Enough Romance
Foreign Affair