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January 24, 2012

Graham Lyle set for Grammys honour with Tina Turner Excluisve by John Dingwall

Scots songwriter Graham Lyle set for Grammys honour with Tina Turner anthem 'What's Love Got To Do With It'

The Scot who wrote Tina Turner's comeback hit, What's Love Got To Do With It, is to be honoured at the Grammys - when the song is inducted into the awards' hall of fame.Largs-born Graham Lyle, one half of legendary songwriting duo Gallagher & Lyle, penned the song after his long-standing partnership with fellow Scot Benny Gallagher ended in 1980. Bucks Fizz, Cliff Richard and Manfred Mann all tried to get the rights to record the song - but Graham knew it was perfect for the Nutbush City Limits star. She made it her comeback single in 1984, her biggest hit since the early 70s. The song was No1 in the US and No3 in the UK and was the title of her 1993 biopic.

"It's a great honour," said Graham, who co-wrote the song with pal Terry Britten.

"We sent the demo to the publishers and got at least four people wanting to record it. Tina was one of them. We were given the opportunity as the writers to say which artist we wanted to record it. "I wanted Tina to do it. She was one of the greats, though she was having a tough time and didn't even have a record deal."

The masterpiece - which also collected three Grammy awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - is being inducted into the hall of fame alongside songs from Cole Porter, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon at the ceremony in Beverly Hills on February 11, 2012. Yet Graham, 67, admits he is unsure whether he or soul queen Turner will even make it to the US. "I am talking about it at the moment," he said. "I don't know if it is worth going. If Tina goes, I might consider it.

"She said, 'I don't know if I want to go into make-up any more or costumes. I'm having a good time relaxing'. She is having a good time in her homes in France and Switzerland."

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