1984 - Help! 7 Inch Single

"Help!" is a single from Tina Turner's album "Private Dancer".
It’s a cover version of The Beatles. The Beatles released the song in 1965 from the album "Help!. "Help!" was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Tina made a ballad version of "Help!". She sang the song for a long time before she released it as a single. Tina’s live performance of the song was a cry from the heart. It became a moving and touching song and a special moment during her concerts, when she screamed out for help during her live concerts. We have a live performance of it from 1981 recorded in Prague.

 

 

Tina’s version was recorded with The Crusaders who are best known for their song "Streetlife". Later on it appeared on Tina’s "Private Dancer" Album in Europe. She performed it on a few tv shows like Top of The Pops and the Leo Sayer Show. However she sang the song already on the road for a couple of years; it became a show stopping moment during her Private Dancer Tour in 1985/1985.
Tina also shot an official video for it and the song was released in certain countries. After the Private Dancer Tour she included the song at her live setlist in 1987/1988, 2000 and 2008/2009.


 

The single was released in 1984 in 7" single version, 12" single version and 7" picture disc. The B-side was "Rock ‘n’ Roll Widow", another strong ballad song from Tina, written by Tom Snow and produced by John Carter. The B-side was released at the re-issued versions of the "Private Dancer" album in 1997 and 2015.
"Rock ‘n’ Roll Widow" is a beautiful rock ballad about a woman who has a man in the music business. She is crazy about him, but he only has eyes for his music and fame and he let’s love slip away.


 

Track Listing
"Help"
Help

Single: Help - 1983 (originally from the Beatles)

When I was younger
So much younger than today
I never needed anybody's
Help in anyway
And now those days are gone
I'm not so self assured
And now I find
I've changed my mind
I've opened up the doors

[Chorus:]
Help me if you can
I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate
You being 'round
Oh, help me get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me

And now my life has changed
In oh so many ways
My independence seems to
Vanish in the haze
And every now and then
I feel so insecure
And now I just need you like
I never did before

[Chorus]

- 4.30 min.
"Rock and roll widow"
Rock and roll widow

Single: Help - 1984

I’m sitting at home and the phone doesn’t even ring
I’m all alone again
Not a sound in the house save the radio
Fm dj filling up the emptiness
Baby’s on the road again
Six weeks nationwide opening the show
And I’m making it on my own
Like a rock and roll widow
Get my news from the rolling stone Wake by the telephone
Wonders if he’s alone
Or is my man on a permanent loan
To rock and roll
Rock and roll

After a concert watching him play for free
I fall in love again
He says his music is everything
Helpless caught by the melody
When he begins to sing
Go on tell me he’s like all the rest
Say I’m making it on my own
Like a rock and roll widow
Get my news from the rolling stone
Wake by the telephone
Wonders if he’s alone
Or is my man on a permanent loan
To rock and roll
Rock and roll

Watching him run
I’ve got the feeling that he’s already
Lost in the life
So I’m making it on my own
Like a rock and roll widow
Get my news from the rolling stone
Wake by the telephone
Wonders if he’s alone
Or is my man on a permanent loan
To rock and roll
To rock and roll
Rock and Roll

- 4.38 min.

Released: 1984
Genre: Pop, R&B
Length: 4.30 min.
Label: Capitol
Writers: "Help!" - J. Lennon and P. McCartney
"Rock ‘n’ Roll Widow" - T. Snow
Producers: Wilton Felder, Joe Sample and Ndugu Chancler (Help!) and John Carter (Rock 'n Roll Widow)

Chart Positions (1984)
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) - 26
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) - 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) - 40


Source: Wikipedia and Discogs

1975 - Under my thumb
1975 - Whole lotta love
1976 - Acid Queen
1978 - Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller
1978 - Viva la money
1978 - Sometimes When We Touch
1979 - Fruits of the Night
1979 - Music keeps me dancin'
1979 - Backstabbers
1980 - Are you breaking my heart
1982 - Ball of confusion
1983 - Lets Stay Together
1984 - Help
1984 - What's love got to do with it?
1984 - Better be good to me
1984 - Private Dancer
1984 - I can't stand the rain
1985 - Show some respect
1985 - We don't need another hero - Mad Max
1985 - One of the living
1985 - It's only love - with Bryan Adams
1986 - Typical Male
1986 - Back where you started
1986 - Two People
1987 - Girls
1987 - What you get is what you see
1987 - Break every rule
1987 - Paradise is here - Special Edition
1987 - Tearing us apart - with Eric Clapton
1988 - Nutbush City Limits
1988 - Tonight Live - with David Bowie
1988 - Addicted to love
1988 - A change is gonna come
1989 - The Best
1989 - I don't wanna lose you
1989 - 6345789 - with Robert Cray
1990 - Steamy Windows
1990 - Foreign Affair
1990 - Look Me in the Heart
1990 - Be Tender With Me Baby
1990 - It takes Two - with Rod Stewart
1991 - Nutbush City Limits
1991 - Way of the world
1991 - I want you near me
1991 - Love Thing
1993 - I don't wanna fight
1993 - Disco Inferno
1993 - Why must we wait until tonight?
1993 - Proud Mary
1995 - Goldeneye
1996 - On silent wings
1996 - Whatever you want
1997 - Cose della vita - with Eros Ramazzotti

 

 
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