TINA: Single

Help (1984)

Tina Turner - Help - Single

Help is a Beatles cover and the follow up European single to the smash hit Let’s Stay Together, released while Tina was on tour in England. The song was later also included into the European edition of the album Private Dancer. It was recorded at the end of 1981 at the Studio 55 in Los Angeles, but stayed unreleased. In the TV-Special „What Makes Her Hot“ from 1985, they show a short scene of the recording session. Tina promoted the song at several TV-Shows in England 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 single was not released outside of Europe. The b-side track „Rock’n Roll Widow“ was also a previously unreleased song, which was already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982.

Writer: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: Joe Sample, Wilton Felder & Ndugu Chancler
Release: February 1984
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl (Picture) / 12“ Vinyl
Charts: UK: #40 / Europe: #30
AlbumPrivate Dancer

7“ Vinyl

  1. Help (Edit) 3:45
  2. Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Produced by Joe Sample, Wilton Felder & Ndugu Chancler For Crusaders Productions Inc.
  3. Rock’n Roll Widow (Previously Unreleased) 4:45
  4. Written by Tom Snow / Produced by John Carter

12“ Vinyl

  1. Help (Full Length Version) 4:30
  2. Rock’n Roll Widow (Previously Unreleased) 4:45
Tina Turner - Help - SingleTina Turner - Help - Single

The music video shows a nightclub with guests sitting at tables in front of a stage. In the first scene, Kenny Moore plays the intro on piano. Then Tina appears in a very elegant white mini dress, singing the song together with her two background singers Ann Behringer and Lejune Richardson. During the instrumental part, Tina leaves the stage and the band comes up from behind. At the end, the curtain closes and Tina disappears in a ray of light. The clip has not been officially released until today on home video, but it's available on the promo sampler Now That's What I Call Music as well as on Tina’s official YouTube channel.

Director: Simon Milne
Home Video: Never officially released
Time: 3:41

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