Turner was a famous performer dubbed “The Queen of Rock and Roll.” She was the star of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which debuted with her late husband, Ike Turner (1931–2007), and was renowned for its electrifying live presentation.
They released funk rock successes like “Poor Fool,” “River Deep – Mountain High,” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” as well as covers of “Proud Mary” and other songs. Turner wrote their 1973 hit song “Nutbush City Limits” in her hometown of Nutbush, Tennessee, where she was raised in a farming family and poverty.
Turner, who was born Anna Mae Bullock, experienced a turbulent childhood after her mother fled their abusive marriage when Turner was 11 years old. She was transferred to live with her grandmother when her father remarried, and after her grandmother pἀssed away, she moved in with her mother in St. Louis.
She first met Ike Turner there when she was a teenager after witnessing him sing in a nightclub and falling in love with him. After hearing her singing, he started to feel the same way, so he asked her to join his band.
They started a love relationship a few years after they started working together musically. Long before they got married, Turner changed Ike’s first name and assumed his last name. He began abusing her almost as soon as their relationship began, which is now well-known.
Turner subsequently admitted that despite their onstage success over the 15 years they were married, he frequently beat her and cheated on her. She abandoned him in 1976 when they were on tour, fleeing from the hotel where they were staying.
Turner started a solo career when she left, abruptly ending their musical collaboration. Although she got opportunities to play onstage in Las Vegas and other cities, it wasn’t instantly successful. That changed with Turner’s multi-platinum solo album “Private Dancer,” released in 1984.
In addition to the No. 1 single “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” the album also included the classics “Better Be Good to Me” and “Private Dancer.” The album, which featured Turner’s dynamic vocals, sold 10 million copies, and “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was given the Record of the Year Grammy.
The next year, Turner followed the success of “Private Dancer” with two singles from the music to “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome:” both “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living.” She played the harsh post-apocalyptic leader Aunty Entity in the film, in which she also featured.
Although it didn’t launch a long acting career, her performance was well-received. She did play a brief part in the 1993 film “The Last Action Hero.” Turner kept putting out singles into the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. A few notable hits were “Typical Male,” “What You Get Is What You See,” and “The Best.”
The autobiographical movie “What’s Love Got to Do with It” starring Angela Bassett as Turner was published in 1993. Turner recorded vocals for the soundtrack of the movie, both for new songs and remakes of well-known tunes.
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Turner, who is highly regarded, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a pair with Ike Turner and again in 2021 as a solo performer. After taking eight prestigious Grammy Awards, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was honored by the Kennedy Center and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Turner’s distinctive voice was just one of her distinguishing qualities; others include her long legs, wild hair, and triumph over abuse. One of the most inspiring survival tales in American popular culture is hers. According to Tina Turner’s official Twitter account:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the pἀssing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly. pic.twitter.com/8SihpxMe14
— TinaTurner (@tinaturner) May 24, 2023