Happy 80th Birthday Tina Turner: Live In 1985 With David Bowie & Bryan Adams
Iconic soul singer Tina Turner turns 80 today. Turner authored one of the greatest second acts in music history when she launched a career as a solo performer in the 1980s after her 1978 divorce from musical partner Ike Turner. JamBase celebrates Tina’s 80th birthday with a look at her Tina Live: Private Dancer Tour concert film that was recorded during the 1985 tour of the same name.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee on November 26, 1939, she took on the stage name Tina Turner in 1960. She first came to fame as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue thanks to such hits as “A Fool In Love,” “River Deep – Mountain High,” “Proud Mary” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.” Tina separated from Ike, who she accused of domestic violence, in 1976 and a divorce between the two was finalized in 1978.
In 1984, Tina Turner released the album Private Dancer, which became one of the best-selling albums of the decade and propelled her to megastardom. The Private Dancer single “What’s Love Got To Do With It” earned Tina a Record Of The Year Grammy and three others. On February 19, 1985, Turner embarked on the 180-date Private Dancer Tour that played before capacity crowds in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
The 55-minute Tina Live: Private Dancer Tour concert film features highlights from March 23 and 24 concerts at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England. Included within are performances of such hits as “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” “Better Be Good To Me” and “Let’s Stay Together.” Turner also delivers a stunning performance of “Help!” by The Beatles, teams with Bryan Adams for their “Better Be Good To Me” collaboration and brings out David Bowie for The Thin White Duke’s “Tonight” and “Let’s Dance.”
Watch the concert film below:
Show Some Respect, I Might Have Been A Queen, What’s Love Got To Do With It, I Can’t Stand The Rain, Better Be Good To Me, Private Dancer, Let’s Stay Together, Help!, It’s Only Love (w/ Bryan Adams), Tonight (w/ David Bowie), Let’s Dance (w/ David Bowie)