The legendary Tina Turner passed away Wednesday after an extended illness. She was 83. We’re taking a look back at her amazing life and career.
- Tina was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26th, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee.
- She met Ike Turner in 1960. He made her the centerpiece of the The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Their hits included "A Fool In Love," "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits."
- Ike physically and mentally abused Tina, which she chronicled in her 1986 autobiography, I, Tina. It was made into the 1993 movie What's Love Got to Do With It, starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.
- Tina went solo in the late 1970s after divorcing Ike.
- Charted five Top 10 solo hits -- "What's Love Got to Do With It," "Better Be Good to Me," "Private Dancer," "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" and "Typical Male" -- between 1984 and '86. Her sixth, "I Don't Wanna Fight," came off the What's Love Got to Do With It movie soundtrack in 1993.
- She won 12 Grammy awards, eight of them competitive, including eight as a solo artist.
- She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Ike) in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021.
- She became the subject of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, a successful jukebox musical that opened in London in 2018 and New York in 2019.
- Tina leaves behind her two biological sons Raymond Hill and Ronald Turner, as well as two of Ike’s eldest sons, Ike Jr. and Michael.
- She'd spent the last part of her life as a tax exile in Switzerland.
Turner’s career spanned more than five decades. She was known for her vibrant performances and age-defying appearance, she was truly the Queen of Rock and Roll.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee. She got her professional start when she met Ike Turner back in 1960 and became the centerpiece of the The Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
Their hits together include “A Fool in Love," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "I Idolize You,” “Proud Mary” and the groundbreaking "River Deep, Mountain High.” They eventually married, but the marriage was volatile.The story was documented in the 1993 bio-pic What’s Love Got to Do With It.
In the late 1970s, Tina divorced Ike, and went on as a solo artist. She reinvented herself as a pop and rock star. 1984’s Private Dancer album completed one of music’s biggest comebacks. The album sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and spun off the number-one hit "What's Love Got to Do With It," plus “Better Be Good to Me,” a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and the album’s title song.
Tina won three of her 12 Grammy awards in 1985 and she also appeared in the Mel Gibson film in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, which featured her hit “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”
In 2008, Tina took off on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which was accompanied by the release of Tina! Her Greatest Hits. Tina Turner’s final show was held in Sheffield, England on May 5th, 2009.
In 2018, she won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2021 Tina entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.
Tina Turner is survived by her two biological sons Raymond Hill and Ronald Turner, as well as two of Ike’s eldest sons, Ike Jr. and Michael.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]