May 23, 1984 Tina Turner releases the album, Private Dancer.
Three singers who are among my favorite singers of all time, and who have had their successes but to me should be huge superstars are Peggi Blu, Alyson Williams, and Ebony Jo-Ann. Playing for singers like these are an accompanist’s dream. When they sing, they have such a distinguishable feel that you know just where you fit in — like a puzzle.
With the amazing Peggi there is a gospel sensibility where you lead the singer, with Alyson a jazz sensibility where she leads and you fill in behind, and with Ebony you just lay it down on the beat and she will glide right over you.
Tina Turner has elements of all these qualities. And her songs are a great choice for a great singer.
Peggi used to rip apart “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”
Ebony had “Private Dancer — another song I love but it didn’t seem right for me to sing “I’m your private dancer.”
And Alyson would sing “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
Every time these women sing a cover song they make it their own, which is the sign of a legend.
Here’s my stab at “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”