behindthegrooves: On this day in music history: September 1,…

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On this day in music history: September 1, 1984 – “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also peaking at #2 on R&B singles chart on September 8, 1984. Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, it is the biggest hit for the legendary R&B singer. Britten and Lyle originally write the song for British pop legend Cliff Richard but he passes on recording it. The duo also offer the song to Donna Summer, who also turns it down. Recorded during the whirlwind sessions for the “Private Dancer” album in London, Turner is not initially not fond of the song when she first hears it. It is only after Britten rewrites the lyrics that she consents to record it. Released as the second single from “Private Dancer” on May 1, 1984, it follows closely on the heels of her cover version of “Let’s Stay Together”. Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on May 19, 1984, it makes a gradual climb up the charts, gaining momentum through the summer until it reaches the top of the chart fifteen weeks later. The single wins three Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year in 1985. The song also becomes the title of a 1993 biopic about Turner based on her bestselling autobiography (written with Kurt Loder) “I, Tina”. In 2001, Cliff Richard records and releases a cover version of “What’s Love” nearly thirty years after he had turned the song down. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2012.