Private Dancer, the fifth studio album by Tina Turner was released on this day back in 1984. The record was a huge success and kicked off a resurgence in Turner’s career.
The album peaked at #3 on the album charts and went on to sell over twenty million copies. It contained the hit singles, Let’s Stay Together, Better Be Good to Me, Private Dancer, and her only #1 hit, What’s Love Got to Do with It.
Turner had been a solo artist since 1976 when she left her husband and duo partner, Ike Turner. Prior to the release of Private Dancer, she was playing mostly clubs and hotel ballrooms. The album’s success led to Turner going on an area tour that lasted from February to December of 1985.
A number of artists, who like Turner, became well known in the sixties made comebacks in the eighties. Acts like The Kinks, The Moody Blues, and The Monkees all had hits for the first time in years. No other comeback led to the level of Superstardom as Tina Turner’s did.