Tina Turner hated 'What's Love Got to Do With It?' but her manager insisted she record it. She dedicated a Grammy to him after the song won 3.
Tina Turner originally hated her hit song "What's Love Got To Do With It?"
She only recorded it after her producer, Roger Davies, made her meet with the song's producer.
Turner later dedicated a Grammy she won for that song to Davies.
Queen of Rock Tina Turner initially hated "What's Love Got To Do With It?" and only recorded her hit song after her manager insisted she did so.
"I thought 'What's Love' ... it could be a big song," Turner's manager Roger Davies said in the 2021 HBO Documentary about the star's life, "Tina."
He continued: "Tina never really liked it."
Turner, who died on Wednesday, agreed in the documentary, laughing and calling the song "terrible."
"I was rock and roll. I was not ... that was a pop song," she said.
Davies convinced Turner to meet the producer, Terry Britten, who recalled Turner telling him that she didn't like the song and that she only showed up because Davies told her to.
Turner and Britten eventually reworked the song to fit her repertoire, with Britten saying he was "stunned after the session" with Turner.
"I converted it and made it my own," Turner said of the 1984 hit.
The song eventually hit number one on the Billboard chart and earned three Grammys — Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Performance. Turner dedicated her Record of the Year award to Davies.
"I'd like to take this award and give it to someone who's been wonderful to me as a friend and in business and in many, many ways, my manager, Roger Davies," Turner said in her acceptance speech. "It's been a wonderful year."
Turner "died peacefully" in Switzerland on Wednesday after a "long illness," her family said in a statement shared with Rolling Stone. She was 83.
"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," read a post on her Instagram page.
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