A little-remembered fact: Turner's first solo album was a curveball called Tina Turns the Country On! Up until then, her work with Ike Turner had been rooted in gritty R&B, funk, and blues. But on her 1974 debut, she gave raw, powerful performances of songs by Hank Snow ("I'm Movin' On"), Dolly Parton ("There'll Always Be Music"), and Bob Dylan ("Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You"). And, with due respect to Sammi Smith, she delivered perhaps the definitive reading of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," amping up the song’s simmering sexual tension. ("'Cause tonight I need a man," she pleaded, changing "friend" to "man.") Also worth finding is Turner’s righteous take on Loretta Lynn's "You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man)." — J.R.
Listen: "Help Me Make It Through the Night"