Tina Turner's comeback album, Private Dancer, turns 34 today

Today in rock history.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1984, legendary rock and roll and R&B singer Tina Turner released her fifth solo album, Private Dancer. After a tumultuous relationship and eventual separation from husband Ike Turner, Tina’s future looked bleak. Accused of being a has-been and appearing to be an unmarketable artist on her own, Tina pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks in music history with this blockbuster record. Benefiting from the talents of a variety of record producers and being supplied with a strong batch of songs to record, Tina wound up with the best-selling album of her career. Private Dancer achieved multi-platinum sales figures in several countries around the world and rose to No. 1 on sales charts in many countries as well. A steady string of hit singles were culled from this album starting with the No. 1 pop and R&B success, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” which soon became Turner’s signature song. Other hits from this album included the rocker “Better Be Good to Me” and the sultry, seductive title track which was penned by Dire Straits frontman, Mark Knopfler. Private Dancer went on to sell over 5 million copies in America alone and earned Tina four Grammy awards. It also helped her regain her rightful place as one of the most exciting and fiery performers to ever grace a concert stage while also making her a viable, internationally recognized artist who’d quickly make the leap from playing nightclubs to massive stadiums thanks to the second wave of success this album brought her.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1997, young, gifted singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley, who’d taken a spur of the moment dip into the Mississippi River, succumbed to death by drowning. Having moved to Memphis, Tennessee and working on the follow up to his brilliant 1995 studio album, Grace, Buckley was awaiting the arrival of his band from New York City in order to finish recording an album with a working title of My Sweetheart the Drunk. Buckley was fully clothed when he took his nighttime swim and, sadly, was thought to have disappeared when he never returned that evening. His body was discovered almost a week later by passengers on a boat and it was learned that Buckley had in fact drowned. Investigations concluded that the singer and son of Tim Buckley — a singer/songwriter in his own right who was active in the 1960s and 1970s — was caught in the wake of a passing boat when he entered the water which led to his drowning. Grace was the only studio album Buckley would release during his lifetime; after his passing, a series of live recordings and demo recordings have been released including the aptly titled “Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk” which consisted of Jeff’s unfinished demos and cleaned up studio recordings.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1967, Noel Gallagher, the Britpop hero and mastermind behind the genre’s most successful and well-known band, Oasis, was born in Manchester, England. Interested in music and developing a talent for guitar while in his teens, Noel first worked as a member of the touring road crew for another Manchester band, Inspiral Carpets. After finishing his stint as a tech for that group, Noel returned to Manchester to discover that his younger brother Liam had formed a band he titled Oasis. Noel became a member of the band and soon adopted the role of songwriter and guitarist with the outfit. The band’s 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe took the British press by storm and became an instant hit in England spawning several hit singles and propelling the band to become the most popular English band of the day. Success continued and timeless compositions like “Champagne Supernova” and “Wonderwall” would soon become part of the vernacular of British music and would become instant classics. Oasis remained together until 2009 when it decided to call it quits among longstanding tensions between the two Gallagher brothers. Noel has continued to make creative, inspiring music as a soloist and as the leader of his most current project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1953, songwriter, composer, singer, guitarist and record producer Danny Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California. Most associated with his grand, multi-piece rock/new wave/ska band Oingo Boingo, which rose to prominence in the early 1980’s, Elfman has emerged as one of the most creative and inventive musicians to rise from that scene. Besides a string of fantastic albums with Oingo Boingo (which was originally named The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo), Elfman has scored dozens of film scores including several for filmmaker and director Tim Burton including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Elfman is still and in demand composer and remains active in the field to this day.


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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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