Summer of 1984 – "What's Love Got to Do With It?" In the summer of 1984, pretty much everything. Tina Turner's second single from the "Private Dancer" album was her first Billboard Top 10 single since the 1970s. It spent three weeks in the No. 1 spot, making the singer, then 44, the oldest solo female artist at the time to climb to the top of the charts. Here are some other sights and sounds from that summer 30 years ago:
Summer of 1984 – The single "When Doves Cry" from Prince's "Purple Rain" reigned for five weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in the summer of '84.
Summer of 1984 – Who ya gonna call? The "Ghostbusters" squad if you want a hit on your hands. The tale of a ragtag bunch of supernatural exterminators -- Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis -- shot to the top of the box office.
Summer of 1984 – Underdogs still wax rhapsodic about "The Karate Kid" with Ralph Macchio -- a tale of unlikely tutelage between a humble handyman and his picked-on protege, who sweeps victory out from under a blond martial arts bully.
Summer of 1984 – American athlete Carl Lewis achieved victory on the world stage during the 1984 Summer Olympics with his lifelong dream of matching Jesse Owens' four gold medals in a single Games.
Summer of 1984 – Soviet bloc countries boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics, but Mary Lou Retton (and her iconic bouncy haircut) showed up and became the first American to win the women's all-around gymnastics gold.
Summer of 1984 – Neon, big belts, workout wear and oversize hair were hallmarks of style in 1984 (as showcased by Cher) -- not to mention a strong showing by Swatch watches and seersucker.
Summer of 1984 – Suddenly, everyone and their cousin fancied themselves a master of backspin, windmills and the worm, toting cardboard at all times in case a breakdance battle busted out -- as in "Breakin'2: Electric Boogaloo."
Summer of 1984 – What was cooking in the summer of 1984? Probably fajitas, grilled over mesquite. (Seriously -- So. Much. Mesquite.) Not to mention, at least half of what was on the table was likely produced by Beatrice -- the mega-food manufacturer that most people hadn't heard of before its ubiquitous "We've been here all along" ad campaign during the Summer Olympics.
Summer of 1984 – It would seem the totalitarian forecast of George Orwell's 1949 novel, "Nineteen Eighty-Four," failed to come true, which is totally tubular by us, dude.