Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler played a role in the mid 80’s comeback for the late Tina Turner. He wrote the title song for Tina’s 1984 album ‘Private Dancer.’
After Tina’s death this week, Knopfler reacted on Wednesday. He says, "The world is saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Tina Turner. She was a live force, a human dynamo.
He added, "Tina showed no sign of bitterness about a tough childhood, then a violent marriage and hard times following her divorce from Ike Turner. Instead, she put her superhuman energy into her unique interpretations of songs, and eventually her records sold by the million. Meanwhile, a musical about her life plays in theaters everywhere.”
Mark also said, "She was an inspiration for women of all ages and social classes and was worshiped by major entertainers such as Beyonce and Rihanna. Tina said she wanted to be remembered as the 'Queen of Rock ’n' Roll,' and that is precisely what she became."
Knopfler also wrote and co-produced "Overnight Sensation" for Tina’s follow-up album, Break Every Rule in 1986, and he co-produced "Paradise Is Here," which is also featured on the album.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]