Roger brought me a demo of ''What's Love Got to Do with It'' and we immediately clashed because I didn't like the song, not one bit. It was certainly not what Rod Stewart or The Rolling Stones would sing, I argued. Roger disagreed. He took me to the studio to meet with the songwriter, Terry Britten. Terry understood what I was saying. Then I decided to show him some respect. I sang his words, but did it my way, forcefully, with gravity and raw emotion. I heard in my voice what Roger was imagining in his head. - Tina Turner
"Mark (Knopfler) said this song is not for a man, it's a girl's song. He recorded it but won't use it so when he put the demo on, he sung 'I'm a private dancer, dancer for money, do what you want me to do,' I told him, 'I think you're right, it's not a song for a guy. I liked it a lot. I wasn't sure whether the girl was a hooker or a very classical private dancer but I thought I'd take it." - Tina Turner
''They ended up writing about the spiritual side of my life. You know, I might have been queen, all that I'd lived through. We talked about everything." - Tina Turner
"She approaches things in such a diligent way and she 'owns the song' - that's the phrase she used to use, which basically means she sings along with it at home. I give her a songwriter's demo and then she'll sing it in her key. And then the point where she sings along with the tape and she feels she's got it, it's now her song." - Rupert Hine (Producer)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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