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America rejected Tina Turner – but British synth-pop saved her soul

  • Tina Turner, who has died aged 83, enjoyed her greatest success in the Eighties with the trio of albums Private Dancer, Break Every Rule and Foreign Affair. The records sold well over 20 million copies between them and spawned a series of record-breaking world tours. But these achievements may not have come about had Tennessee-born Turner not been involved in one of the more incongruous partnerships in the history of popular music: a collaboration with Sheffield synth-pop pioneers Heaven 17.