Ike & Tina Turner were known for their fiery performances and ability to turn other people songs into their own, most notably with Proud Mary in 1971. Unable to chart as often as they would have liked to, the duo resorted to Rock’N’Roll covers from artist such a the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone…
A tradition Tina would keep during her solo career, turning some favorite songs of hers into big successes.
To bend the rules, Tina recorded one song that was not a success when she did it but later became a hit when covered by a band. The song is called ‘Don’t Turn Around‘.
First released as a B-Track for Typical Male in 1986 and later on the “The Collected Recordings – Sixties to Nineties” box set, “Don’t Turn Around” was written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner’s record company treated the song as a B-side and never included it on one of her albums.
In 1994, Swedish pop group Ace Of Base took a minor key version of the song to #4 on the Billboard Top 100 and to #5 in the UK.
Today, in 2018, the song has made a huge comeback in Tina’s repertoire, being one of the highlights of the new TINA, The Musical. With new arrangements, the song is sung as a duet between teenage Anna Mae and Gran Georganna and runs all the way through the musical. An incredible rebirth for that amazingly underrated song.
I can only advise you if you haven’t done it to book your ticket for TINA, The Musical today.