She is one of the world’s most popular entertainers, termed the most successful female rock artiste, she won eight Grammys and sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. She has also been named “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone. Her combined album and single sales totalled 100 million copies worldwide. And she is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, and career longevity. She is none other than the charismatic American singer and actress who topped the pop music charts in the 1980s: She is Tina Turner.
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee. Her parents, Floyd and Zelma Bullock, were poor sharecroppers, who, early in her life, split up and left Turner and her sister to be raised by their grandmother. When her grandmother died in the early 1950s, she moved to St Louis, Missouri, in the 1950s and met Ike Turner, a musician with whom she began to perform and record. In the early ‘60s, they became known as the Ike and Tina Turner Review, achieving popular acclaim for the powerful live performances and recordings.
In 1966, Tina and Ike’s success reached new heights when they recorded the album River Deep, Mountain High with superstar record producer Phil Spector. The title track was unsuccessful in the United States, but it was a massive hit in Europe and brought the duo new fame. In 1969 they toured as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, winning themselves still more fans. Their popularity continued well into the 1970s, with the group charting with tracks such as “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limits.” In 1975, Tina also appeared in her first film, playing the Acid Queen in Who’s Tommy.
But despite their success as a musical duo, by the mid-1970s, Tina and Ike’s marriage was in shambles. In 1976, the couple separated both personally and professionally, and in 1978, they were divorced, with Tina citing Ike’s physically abusive behavior, frequent infidelities and increasing drug and alcohol use. In the years following her divorce, Tina’s solo career got off to a slow start. In 1983, however, Turner’s solo career finally began to take off when she recorded a remake of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The following year, she exploded back into the record industry when her much-anticipated solo album, Private Dancer, was released to overwhelming critical and popular success. It went on to win four Grammy Awards and eventually sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
In 1985, Turner returned to the screen, starring opposite Mel Gibson in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome for which she contributed the song “We Don’t Need Another Hero, and in 1986, she published her autobiography, I, Tina, which would later be adapted as the film What’s Love Got to Do with It? (Her soundtrack for the film would go double platinum.) The year 1986 also saw the release of Tina Turner’s second solo album, Break Every Rule (1986). Tina Live in Europe followed in 1988 and won the Grammy for Female Rock Vocal Performance, and Foreign Affair, which included the hit single “(Simply) the Best,” outdid even Private Dancer in worldwide sales.
During the 1990s, Turner released Wildest Dreams and Twenty Four Seven. She also made several recordings for film soundtracks, including “Golden eye” and “He Lives in You.” In 1991, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Though she is now semi-retired, Tina Turner does make rare appearances and recordings. In 2008 she embarked on her “Tina! 50th Anniversary Tour.” It became one of the highest-selling ticketed shows of 2008 and 2009. In 2013, it was announced that Turner, at 73, was engaged to marry her longtime partner, German record executive Erwin Bach.In July of 2013, the couple got married in Zurich, Switzerland.
On the November 26 Tina Turner turned 74 years of age. During her life, she has shown the world over and over again that age however, is just a number. Tina Turner proved that she was, is, and will always remain, the ageless queen of rock music.
“I will never give into old age until I become old. And I’m not old yet!”- Tina Turner