"Two People" - Tina Turner
from the album Break Every Rule (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30
Weeks in the Top-40: 5
Today's Song of the Day comes from Tina Turner, who had already followed up her spectacular comeback album Private Dancer with a #2 pop hit in "Typical Male". Her next single, "Two People", was a more laid-back mid-tempo record written by the same team of Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, and worked off the same shuffle-beat that was in her #1 "What's Love Got To Do With It". The lyrics again with a mature and slightly cynical approach towards romance gave more proof of Tina's stature as a voice on mainstream radio that was hardly being heard...
"Two People" became the second top-40 hit from Break Every Rule in January of 1987. The record also crossed over to the top 20 on Billboard's R&B (#18) and adult contemporary (#12) radio charts. Internationally, the record was a big hit, reaching the top ten in Germany and Switzerland, top-40 in most of the rest of Europe, though it stopped just short of the top-40 in England (#43).
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Here's Tina performing the song live on TV in 1987...
and again on tour that same year...
Finally, there was an alternate "Hollywood" version of the video that interspersed Tina dressed up as movie icons (you have to see her as Joan Crawford...)
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