Remembering Tina Turner

Remembering Tina Turner: singer, songwriter, actress

In a tribute to the late Queen of Rock and Roll, we will be remembering Tina Turner for her prominent career that spanned over 60 years. The powerful Tennessee vocalist passed away at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday at the age of 83 after having battled with both kidney failure and intestinal cancer.

“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” wrote Turner’s family in a statement.

Born Ann Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee on November 26, 1939, Turner became well-known in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, a band she and her husband Ike Turner formed. Their 1960 record debut “A Fool In Love” made the U.S. Top 30.

The renowned duo collaborated with some of rock’s biggest stars in the late 1960s, including Phil Spector and the Rolling Stones. After suffering years of spousal abuse, Turner left her husband in the ‘70s and embarked on a solo career that propelled her to unprecedented levels of success.

Remembering Tina Turner
Tina Turner

“My relationship with Ike was doomed the day he figured out I was going to be his moneymaker,” Turner wrote in her 2018 biography, My Love Story. “He needed to control me, economically and psychologically, so I could never leave him.”

Turner resorted to music as a means of solace in the 1980s, and before long she consistently hit the the top of the music charts due to the success of her singles “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” and “The Best.” Turner quickly rose to prominence as one of the defining pop icons of the time, selling more than 180 million albums globally, garnering 12 Grammy Awards, and leading sold-out stadium tours throughout the world.

Remembering Tina Turner (What’s Love Got To Do With It)

Remembering Tina Turner (The Best)

The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer amassed almost 180,000 people at Brazil’s Maracan Stadium during her 1988 Break Every Rule tour, shattering box office records in 13 different nations. Her influence on music, in the past, present, and future, is immeasurable.

Three memoirs, a biopic, a musical, and a 2021 documentary film titled Tina all portrayed the story of her life. The Queen of Rock and Roll was praised for giving Black women more room in the Rock and Roll genre and appreciated for her ability to find success on her own after her breakup.

Although she did return to the stage in 2008 to perform with Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards and for a final tour to honor 50 years of her career, Turner declared her retirement in 2000, a year after releasing her final solo album, Twenty Four Seven.

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