Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an eight time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, dancer, sex symbol, best selling author and an NAACP Image Award winning actress. Turner’s consistent contributions to rock music have earned her the title „The Queen of Rock & Roll.” Besides rock music, she has also performed R&B, soul, dance and pop music. She was listed on Rolling Stone’s list The Immortals — The Greatest Artists of All Time. Turner is represented in the Grammy Hall of Fame with two of her singles inducted including „River Deep – Mountain High” (1999) and „Proud Mary” (2003).
Turner has been acknowledged as one of the world’s most popular and biggest-selling music artists of all time and is the most successful female rock artist of all time with record sales exceeding 80 million copies worldwide. Turner has accumulated many hit albums and singles worldwide, as a solo act and with former husband, Ike Turner (as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue) She has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.
Turner’s world tour Break Every Rule Tour had record breaking ticket sales, visited by over four million fans. Turner also beat out The Rolling Stones by touring Europe with 121 shows during her sold out Foreign Affair Tour in 1990. She ended up playing to four million people in just six months. Her 1996 Wildest Dreams Tour was performed to 3.5 million people over 250 dates through 2 years. Her most recent tour was 2000’s Twenty Four Seven Tour. It was the highest grossing tour of the year and is the 5th biggest grossing tour in America ever.
The popular press has referred to Turner favorably as „the truest rock diva of all”, „soul’s first real diva,” „the most dynamic female soul singer in the history of the music,” and „one of soul music’s most incendiary performers.”
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee on November 26, 1939, the daughter of Zelma (née Currie), a factory worker, and Floyd Richard Bullock, a Baptist deacon, farm overseer and factory worker. She is of African-American descent. But the results of a DNA test featured on African American Lives 2 showed Turner was only 1% Native American. Turner attended Flag Grove School in Haywood County Tennessee. The land for the school was sold below market value to the school trustees by Turner’s great granduncle in 1889. They moved from Nutbush to St. Louis to reunite with their mother in 1956.
In 1960, when a singer scheduled to record the song, „A Fool In Love”, didn’t appear, Bullock stepped in and recorded the vocals instead. „A Fool In Love” was a huge R&B hit reaching #2 crossing over to the top 30 of the US pop chart. Ike changed Bullock’s name to Tina (after Sheena: Queen of the Jungle) and his band’s to The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. In 1962, the two married in Mexico.
Turner raised four sons — Ike Jr. and Michael (from Ike’s previous relationship), Craig (born 1960, from her earlier relationship with Raymond Hill, a saxophone player in Ike’s band) and Ronald (son of Ike and Tina; born 1961).
Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Ike and Tina rose to stardom. As times and musical styles changed, Tina developed a unique stage persona as a singer-dancer-performer which thrilled audiences of the group’s live concerts. Tina and the Revue’s backup singers, The Ikettes, wove intricate and electrifying dance routines into their performances and influenced many other artists including Mick Jagger (for whose 1966 UK tour they opened).
Having opened his own recording studio – Bolic Sound – following the lucrative success of „Proud Mary”, Ike produced Tina’s first solo album, Tina Turns the Country On in 1974. It failed to make an impact on the charts, as did the follow-up, Acid Queen (1975), released to tie in with Tina’s critically acclaimed big-screen debut in the role of the same name in The Who’s rock opera, Tommy.
After a final vicious beating before an appearance in Dallas over the Fourth of July weekend in 1976, Tina abruptly left Ike, fleeing with nothing more than thirty-six cents and a gas-station credit card. She spent the next few months hiding from Ike, staying with various friends and relying on food stamps to exist.
Although well-known and respected as a performer before she separated from Ike Turner, it was in 1984 that she staged what has been widely considered the most „amazing comeback in rock music history”. In May, Capitol released the single What’s Love Got To Do With It in the U.S. to promote the upcoming album. Only 11 radio stations had taken it to their playlists. Tina’s manager Roger Davies enforced Capitol to promote it more. Two weeks after its release, the song was on the playlists of over 100 stations and was now in the Top 50.
On September 1, What’s Love Got To Do With It hit #1. At the time Tina was the oldest person to have a #1 hit.”
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Fool In Love & Work Out Fine
Whole Lotta Love
Nutbush city limit
What’s Love Got To Do With It
Simply The Best
Edith And The Kingpin – jazz 🙂
In Your Wildest Dreams (with Barry White)
State Of Shock & It’s Only Rock’n’ Roll ( with Mick Jagger – LIVE AID)
Eric Clapton, Tina Truner ,Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler & Elton John