Better Be Good To Me is a rock song, originally from the US band Spider and the fourth single from the album Private Dancer. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows in Europe and America and performed it live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and TINA Live from 2009. The previously unreleased b-side track „When I Was Young“ is a cover from Eric Burdon and was already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982. For this vocal performance, Tina won her third solo Grammy Award in 1985.
Writer: Holly Knight, Mike Chapman
Producer: Rupert Hine
Release: August ’84 (USA) / September '84 (UK) / January '85 (Germany)
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl (picture) / 12“ Vinyl / Cassette
Charts: USA: #5 / UK: #45 / Germany: #52
Grammy: Best Rock Vocal Performance Female (1985)
September 15, 1984
This third single from Tina Turner’s sensational „Private Dancer“ LP for Capitol is certain to become its third hit. Turner’s inimitible rough sassiness is rougher and sassier than ever on this cut, with a gutsiness that illustrates Turner’s uncontested stature as rock's first lady. Better Be Good To Me grinds with a menacing beat that rolls and charges with the energized Turner vocal. A certain CHR winner, Better Be Good To Me should see chart action to match its strength as a first class rocker.