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The music had been written by two British guys, Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, who supplied it to Cliff Richard, the Brit rock and curler, who turned it down. A couple of extra singers, together with Donna Summer time, reportedly thought of it for some time. Possibly they discovered the lyrics a bit of arduous to place throughout:
“What’s love received to do, received to do with it?” appears to ask, “Am I feeling love—or one thing harmful? Will I simply get damage once more? What does love really do for anybody, anyway?”
As it is so piercingly phrased, and left to hold in our minds: “Who wants a coronary heart when a coronary heart could be damaged?”
By this time Tina Turner was 44 years previous. She had been taking part in gigs on what was generally known as a “nostalgia circuit,” the place she sang previous hits in casinos and county gala’s.
What you hear in her voice in “What’s Love Bought to Do With It” is the arduous rock of what she’d lived by means of: rising up within the cotton fields of Nutbush, Tennessee, singing in a church choir — and later in nightclubs — and dealing as a nurse’s aide. She received a job singing backup for Ike Turner, then grew to become his costar, married him in Tijuana; and, after years of abuse, escaped him in Dallas, bruised and bloodied, with simply 36 cents and a fuel card in her pocket.
“It scares me to really feel this manner,” she sings, in a voice that is rugged, uncooked, and raspy, as if being pulled, phrase by phrase and nonetheless heat, straight from her coronary heart. You hear her damage and wariness, as she asks, “What’s love, however a secondhand emotion?”
“What’s Love Bought to Do With It” gained three Grammys, and marked one of many nice comebacks of music historical past.
By the point she died this week, on the age of 83, Tina Turner had a cheerful second marriage, to a German music government named Erwin Bach, and lived in France and Switzerland. She acquired a Kennedy Heart honor, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame — twice.
Tina Turner as soon as informed an interviewer, “Folks assume my life has been powerful, however I feel it has been a beautiful journey. The older you get, the extra you understand it isn’t what occurred, it is the way you take care of it.”
Who wants a coronary heart when a coronary heart could be damaged, repeatedly? Tina Turner moved us to lift our palms, and open our hearts, even when it hurts.