Comeback Queen


The SRO Show – Tina Turner

Comeback Queen

Produced by Lawrence Standifer Stevens

Written by Joseph E. Casanova



When it comes to raw, animal, electric, sexual energy on stage, there is NO ONE who compares to Anna Mae Bullock — Tina Turner. Hold onto your seats, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Known for the standards Nutbush City Limits and Proud Mary, the legendary Tina Turner staged the greatest comeback in rock history after the success of 1984’s Private Dancer album.

Private Dancer marked the fifth studio solo record but the first for her new label. . . Capital. Turner had scored a UK top ten smash with a cover of soul crooner Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.

Studio sessions involved four production teams including Rupert Hine, guitarist for rock band the Fixx; and Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of 80’s synth trio Heaven 17.

The collection’s biggest hit was the #1 smash which earned Turner Grammies® for Record of the Year and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance – a little number called What’s Love Got to Do With It.

The follow-up top five single nabbed her first of four Best Rock Female Vocal Performance Grammies – the no-nonsense, empowering Better Be Good to Me.

The title track, penned by Dire Straits’ front man Mark Knopfler, also landed in the top ten.    

Other singles included a rendition of Ann Peebles’ R&B classic I Can’t Stand the Rain and the commanding Show Some Respect.

The international version of Private Dancer included a slow, melodic version of the Beatles’ Help, which remained a concert favorite. 

With this collection, Turner recorded the type of uptempo, gritty rock-n-roll she loved to perform on stage.    

Standout cuts range from David Bowie’s haunting 1984 to the Jeff Beck, guitar-driven Steel Claw.    

That same year, Turner lent her talents to Bowie’s romantic Tonight as well as the raucous duet with Canadian Bryan Adams called It’s Only Love.

Adams also penned and produced a track on her 1986 Break Every Rule LP, which garnered her third female rock Grammy® – the thunderous Back Where You Started.

Private Dancer has sold a staggering 25 million copies worldwide and established Tina Turner as a major recording star.

Her loyal fans never tire of Rolling on the River and always want to feel more of that River Deep, Mountain High.