This week in 1984, after a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.
Up until the release of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, Tina Turner had not had a top ten single since the early 1970s. Another notable fact is that Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, making her the oldest solo female artist to place a number-one single on the US Hot 100. In 1999, Cher at age 53 became the oldest solo female to have a US number-one hit when “Believe” hit the top position in America.
In 2012, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame giving Turner her 3rd Grammy Hall of Fame Award and her 11th Grammy Award.