What’s Love Got to do with it?
Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) was an American-born and naturalized Swiss singer.[a] Known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll“, she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.
Turner began her career with Ike Turner‘s Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, “Boxtop“, in 1958. In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the hit duet single “A Fool in Love“. The duo Ike & Tina Turner became “one of the most formidable live acts in history”. They released hits such as “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine“, “River Deep – Mountain High“, “Proud Mary“, and “Nutbush City Limits“, before disbanding in 1976.
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What a life/talent RIP Tina
This is such a great song. Written by two men and first offered to a man (Cliff Richard of the Shadows), I wonder how it would have sounded or been received if a man had sung it. The narrator has been hurt in the past and doesn’t want to get too deeply involved. “Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken”. And she wants to protect herself probably knowing that ultimately she may in fact fall in love.
Maybe I am way off here, but I don’t know if the emotion would be there, especially the way Tina sings it, if a man were to have recorded it. So here you go. Cliff Richard’s version several years later.
And as a bonus. This group recorded the song first but it never got released until several years later because Tina’s was version came out first.
I know I am biased because Tina’s version is the one I know best, but it certainly does stand out.