Behind The Music:13 Years To #1 [VIDEO]
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Tina Turner had her first big hit in 1971 with her then husband Ike. They peaked at #4 with a cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”.
After years of spousal abuse and splitting with Ike in the mid 70’s, Tina’s career would go into limbo. It would take another 13 years before Tina broke back on the pop scene and actually garner her 1st #1 hit.
Oddly, when Tina first heard the demo for this “comeback” song, she hated it. It was her manager that convinced her that she should record it and he knew it was going to be a hit. He was right.
When this song hit #1 in 1984, Tina would set the record for the longest time between first time to chart and first #1 hit. It was 24 years between the two.
In 1985 she picked up 3 Grammys for this song, “Song of the Year,” “Record of the Year” and “Best Female Vocal Performance.”
Not bad for a song Tina said “No” to originally.