Gary: “When I was growing up there where a few Movie Stars that really turned me on, Marilyn Monroe was one, but here is another one that was gorgeous, very talented and had a hit song in 1961.”
Video 1975 with Tina Turner
She had a sexy throaty singing voice and RCA attempted to capitalize on the ‘female Elvis’ comparison by having her record a version of “Heartbreak Hotel” and other songs stylistically similar to Presley’s.
She scored the minor hit “I Just Don’t Understand” (from her second LP) which entered the Billboard Top 40 in the third week of August 1961 and stayed six weeks, peaking at #17. The song was later covered in live performances by The Beatles, who never officially recorded any version of the song.
Her only charting album was The Beauty and the Beard (1964) on which she was accompanied by trumpeter Al Hirt.
She also sang at the Academy Awards presentation in 1962, singing the Oscar-nominated song “Bachelor in Paradise“.
Her contract with RCA ended in 1966.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she had hits on the dance charts, the most successful being 1979’s “Love Rush” which peaked at number eight on the disco/dance charts.