TINA TURNER IN THE 80S
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Tina Turner's biggest commercial success came with her first album release of the eighties, "Private Dancer". Released in 1984, it sold around 250,000 units each week for 2 months in the U.S. Worldwide the album has been estimated to have sold over 20 million copies. An astounding seven of the album's ten tracks (nine in the U.S.) were released as singles!
During the 1970s, Tina's four studio albums failed to make any impact on either the British or US charts. Indeed, they were hard times for the singer who was trying to recover from divorcing musician Ike (after alleged domestic abuse) and make it as a solo artist.
Tina recorded two more studio albums in the 80s, and these were "Break Every Rule" (released in Sept 1986 - Worldwide sales 12 million) and "Foreign Affair" (released Sept 1989 - Worldwide sales 9 Million). The latter album sold particularly well in the UK and went 5 x Platinum).
A live album entitled "Tina Live in Europe" was also released in March 1988 and went Gold in the UK.
Two singles were also released from the soundtrack album "Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome" which was released in 1985. This included the massive No.3 UK hit "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" and "One Of The Living" which reached No.15 in the UK singles chart.
Other big hit singles of the 80s included "What's Love Got to Do With It" (No.3 - UK) and "Let's Stay Together (No.6 - UK).
So far, Tina Turner has achieved 29 Top 40 singles in the UK, including the re-release of "(Simply) The Best" during 2010 which reached No.9 in the UK singles chart.
1974 Tina Turn The Country On -
1975 Acid Queen #115 (US)
1978 Rough -
1979 Love Explosion -
1984 Private Dancer #3 (US) #2 (UK)
1986 Break Every Rule #4 (US) #2 (UK)
1989 Foreign Affair #31 (US) #1 (UK)
1996 Wildest Dreams #61 (US) #4 (UK)
1999 Twenty Four Seven #21 (US) #9 (UK)
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome #41 (US)
1993 What's Love Got To Do With It #17 (US) #1 (UK)
1988 Tina Live In Europe #86 (US) #8 (UK)
1999 Divas Live '99 #90 (US)
2009 Tina Live #169 (US) #43 (UK)
"LET'S STAY TOGETHER" (1983)
Peaking at No.6 in the UK, this comeback single for Tina Turner was the first track to be lifted from the hugely successful Private Dancer album, which was later released in the spring of 1984.
This cover of the Al Green song (which originally featured on the album of the same name in 1972) was Tina's first release of the eighties and also reached #26 in the U.S. and #3 in the Hot R&B charts and #1 in the U.S. Dance Chart. Al Green's version reached #7 in the UK.
BREAK EVERY RULE (1986)
Many guests featured on the album with David Bowie, Bryan Adams and Mark Knopfler helping to pen a track each. Phil Collins played drums on What You See Is What You Get, guitars were played by Eric Clapton on Two People and Steve Winwood played keyboards on Afterglow.
TINA LIVE IN EUROPE
"I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU" (1989)
Tina Turner on the front cover of Record Mirror (March 9th 1985)