What’s Love Got To Do With It is a pop song, written by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle and Tina’s first number one in America. It was released as the first single to promote her upcoming album Private Dancer while she was on tour with Lionel Richie. 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 b-side track is a previously unreleased song, which was already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982. What’s Love Got To Do With It was also used as the title for the biographical movie about Tina’s life story in 1993.

The first music video, filmed in black & white in the S&A studios in Los Angeles, is very artistically and Tina looks absolutely gorgeous in it, but it is also a little bit melancholic. Most of the time we see only Tina’s face in close-up and her bare shoulders, with scenes of several couples having problems with each other in between. At the end, Tina goes up a spiral staircase in a leather dress and her eyes are shown in close-up. Because Tina was not so happy with this video, it was rarely shown on television. The second video is totally different and much more positive, filmed live in New York City with Tina in a black mini skirt and a jeans jacket. She is looking at the East River with a ferry and comes later from a tube station, walking down the streets and interacting with different peoples. At the end, she stops at a chalk drawing of the Private Dancer cover. This video features also Pamela Springsteen, the sister of Bruce Springsteen as a street dancer. The second video was originally released on the Private Dancer EP on VHS and won a MTV Video Music Award in the category „Best Female Video“ in 1985. Both videos are also available on the Simply The Best home video on DVD.

Released in May 1984 in America, in  June 1984 in the UK and in Juli 1984 in Germany from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ & 12“ (picture) vinyl, What’s Love Got To Do With It reached #3 in England (1x Silver), #7 in Germany, #9 in Europe and #1 in America (1x Gold). It was also #1 in Australia and Canada and a #2 airplay hit in Europe. The song won three Grammy Awards in the categories „Best Pop Vocal Performance Female“ and „Record of the Year“ in 1985 and was inducted into the „Grammy Hall of Fame“ in 2012.

Billboard Magazine - May 12, 1984: Strong, new, reggae-influenced song allows Turner to showcase her unique, expressive style; from her new album "Private Dancer".

Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single
Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single

single (europe)

A. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten

B. Don’t Rush The Good Things (Previously Unreleased) 3:45

Written by Neil Gammack / Produced by John Carter

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single (usa)

A. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:48

B. Rock’n Roll Widow (Previously Unreleased) 4:45

Written by Tom Snow / Produced by John Carter

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maxi (europe)

A. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Extended Version) 5:45

B. Don’t Rush The Good Things (Previously Unreleased) 3:45

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maxi (usa)

A. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Extended Version) 5:45

B. Rock’n Roll Widow (Previously Unreleased) 4:45

Sleeve Design: Shot That Tiger!
Photography: Peter Ashworth

Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single
Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single
Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single
Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Promo
Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Music Video (Secret Version)

Music Video (Secret Version)
Director / Producer: Bud Schaetzle
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 3:50

Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Music Video

Music Video
Director: Mark Robinson
Producer: John Caldwell
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 3:47

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Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single

What’s Love Got To Do With It

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