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Songs from Tina Turner's greatest album won four Grammy awards.
Songs from Tina Turner's greatest album won four Grammy awards.
Original Cover: Capitol Records

Record album by Tina Turner: Private Dancer (1984)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Private Dancer (1984) is the signature album in the illustrious career of Tina Turner.

Ms. Turner’s memorable performance in the rock musical Tommy received critical acclaim and inspired a solo album named after her character: The Acid Queen. Tina officially ended her musical and marital partnership with Ike Turner in 1978. By then she was a rock star, performing successfully in concerts and television shows. But colleagues like Rod Stewart and David Bowie encouraged her to record again. In 1982 Turner signed with EMI, the British-based music giant that owned Capitol Records.

The first hit from Private Dancer was a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Joining the song on numerous Top Ten charts (R&B, Pop, Rock, Dance) were “Better Be Good To Me,” “Private Dancer,” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” That monster hit generated three Grammy awards, a hit movie, and film award recognition for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. Turner's further success would include another memorable movie role: Auntie Entity in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Private Dancer contains other memorable covers: “I Can’t Stand the Rain (Ann Peebles)” and “Help (Beatles).”

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

A controversy emerged during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards (2008) when Beyonce introduced Tina Turner as “The Queen.” Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, was not amused.