Tina Turner's Grammy-Winning Hit She Initially Rejected
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The world is in mourning after the passing of the iconic singer, Tina Turner. At the age of 83, Turner died peacefully at her home in Switzerland after a long illness, leaving behind a remarkable legacy filled with unforgettable music.
Turner's influential career, celebrated with numerous hits, continues to inspire artists around the globe. Interestingly, one of her most notable songs was one she initially did not favor.
The Grammy-Winning Song Turner Initially Disliked
In a surprising revelation from the 2021 HBO documentary, 'Tina', Turner admitted that she wasn't fond of the song "What's Love Got To Do With It" from her album "Private Dancer".
It was this song that earned her a Grammy, making it all the more significant in her repertoire. Her manager, Roger Davies, disclosed, "I thought 'What's Love' ... it could be a big song. Tina never really liked it." Despite Turner's initial reservations, Davies managed to persuade her to record the song.
After collaborating with songwriter Terry Britten, the duo revamped the track to align with Turner's distinct style. Speaking about the transformative process, Turner said, "I converted it and made it my own." The 1984 hit became a global sensation, with Britten admitting he was "stunned after the session" with Turner.
Breaking Barriers, Leaving A Legacy
Tina Turner is renowned not only for her voice and her hits but also for breaking barriers in the music industry. She was the first African-American artist and the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In tribute to her monumental contributions to music, Rolling Stone listed her among the 100 greatest artists of all time and the 100 greatest singers of all time. Tina Turner's family released a poignant statement: "Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.
All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly." This sentiment was echoed in an Instagram post honoring her indelible impact on music and culture.