Tina Turner, Grammy Award Winner with an amazing life story   2 comments

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in the rock music genre have led many to call her the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”.[1][2] Turner started out her music career with husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.[3] Success followed with a string of hits including “River Deep, Mountain High” and the 1971 hit “Proud Mary“. With the publication of her autobiography I, Tina (1986), Turner revealed severe instances of spousal abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. After virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career, launching a string of hits beginning in 1983 with the single “Let’s Stay Together” and the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer.

Her musical career led to film roles, beginning with a prominent role as The Acid Queen in the 1975 film Tommy, and an appearance in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. She starred opposite Mel Gibson as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and her version of the film’s theme, “We Don’t Need Another Hero“, was a hit single. She appeared in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.

One of the world’s most popular entertainers, Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist[4] and was named “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone.[5] Her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide.[6][7] She has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history.[8][9] She is known for her energetic stage presence,[2] powerful vocals, career longevity,[8] and widespread appeal.[10] In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.[11][12] Turner’s tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008–2009.[7] Turner was raised a Baptist, but converted to Buddhism and credits the spiritual chants with giving her the strength that she needed to get through the rough times.[13] Rolling Stone ranked her at 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time and considers her the “Queen of Rock and Roll”.[14]

 Early life

Anna Mae Bullock was born in Nutbush, an unincorporated area in Haywood County, Tennessee, on November 26, 1939, the daughter of Zelma Bullock (née Currie), a factory worker, and Floyd Richard Bullock, a Baptist deacon, farm overseer, and factory worker.[15][16] She long believed her mother had significant Native American ancestry,[17] specifically Navajo and Cherokee; however, a DNA test showed her to be 66% African American, 33% European and 1% Native American.[18][19][20][21] She attended Flag Grove School in Haywood County, Tennessee (the land for the school was sold below market value to the school trustees by her great great-uncle in 1889).[21] Anna Mae’s older sister is named (Ruby) Alline. For a time during World War II, their parents relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee to do factory work. By the time of their return to Nutbush, they separated and later divorced following a abusive marriage. Zelma Bullock later relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Floyd Bullock moved to Detroit and later settled in California.

Anna Mae Bullock and her sister relocated to Brownsville where they were raised by their grandmother. She recalled in her early years working with her parents at a farm as sharecroppers. She performed on several talent shows as a child and sang at her church choir. She was raised Baptist and lived most of her childhood as a tomboy participating in her high school’s basketball team. When she was 14, she began work as a domestic for a family in Ripley. This continued until she was sixteen when her half-sister Evelyn was killed in a car crash followed by the death of her grandmother around the same time. After her mother returned from St. Louis to attend her funeral, she invited her daughter to move with her in St. Louis, where Anna and her sister reunited. In St. Louis, she attended Sumner High School.[22] She eventually graduated from the school in 1958 and, following graduation, took work as a nurse aide at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

 Ike & Tina Turner

Tina peforming with Ike Turner in 1972.


In between the time Anna Bullock had moved to St. Louis, she was enthralled by the city’s thriving nightclub scene and her sister often took her to several of the clubs, much to their mother’s chagrin. Anna was introduced to Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band after her sister took her to Club Manhattan where Alline served as a barmaid and was then dating a Kings of Rhythm member. Anna pursued Ike Turner for months asking him to let her sing with his band. When she was seventeen, she sang during a band intermission to a B. B. King song which impressed Turner, who was playing keyboards at the time. Eventually Turner allowed her to join the band as a background vocalist.[23] Turner gave Bullock her first stage name, Little Ann, during this time and included her in his record, “Box Top”, which was a local hit in St. Louis. In November 1959, when a male vocalist, Art Lassiter, who was a member of Ike’s band, failed to show up for a recording session for Ike’s penned composition, “A Fool in Love“, which Turner made his transition from performing blues to soul, Anna was told to give a guide vocal to the song in an attempt to erase her as he was planning for Lassiter to record the song.

Ike Turner then sent the song to New York where he met with Sue Records president Juggy Murray and played the song to him. Upon hearing it, Murray insisted Turner keep Anna’s vocals on the song, giving Turner a $25,000 advance, convinced the song would be a hit single.[24] In response to this, Turner decided to form a duo around him and Bullock. In the process, he changed her name from Little Ann to Tina Turner, stating he got the name from watching Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and envisioning her as his “wild woman”. Despite the early romanticized version of their story in the biopic, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Ike Turner and Anna Bullock were not romantically involved until around the release of “A Fool in Love”, which by then had been released under the billing Ike & Tina Turner,[25] effectively starting the duo and launching Anna into show business. Ike Turner claimed that he helped mold and shape Tina Turner’s style and image.[26]

 Early success

“A Fool in Love” was released in the spring of 1960 and by late summer the song had reached number two on the R&B chart and crossed over to number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 later going on to sell a million copies. After Ike and Tina Turner made their television debut performing the song on American Bandstand in October of 1960, she gave birth to Ike’s child, Ronald. Turner and Bullock had started dating after the release of “A Fool in Love” and their relationship beforehand had been previously platonic. Anna later alleged she felt forced into the relationship, Ike Turner later alleged that their first sexual encounter felt incestuous as they described their relationship as sibling-like, noting he was drunk when they first had sex. Ike Turner himself was not immediately smitten with her, once saying she was “too skinny” to be his girlfriend. The duo had a R&B hit in 1961 with “I Idolize You” and then had another crossover pop hit with “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine“, which surpassed “A Fool in Love” on the pop charts at number fourteen and later won the duo a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock & Roll Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group. In 1962, they followed these successes with “Tra La La” and “Poor Fool” and had milder success with “You Shoulda Treated Me Right”.

Influenced by Ray Charles, Ike Turner assembled a girl group he called The Ikettes and included them on the venue with Ike and Tina, eventually starting what became The Ike & Tina Turner Revue helping to pave the way for several soul music revues in the decade including revues held by crossover R&B labels Motown and Stax. Ike and Tina Turner’s success also occurred around the same time of the modern civil rights movement in the United States where Ike and Tina refused to perform in front of segregated audiences becoming one of the first Black artists to perform in front of racially mixed audiences. This helped the duo, who began struggling with chart success after the arrival of The British Invasion in late 1963, become a phenomenal success. In 1962, Anna Bullock married Turner in Tijuana, Mexico.[27] Following this, she began raising Turner’s previous sons, Ike Turner, Jr. and Michael, while her eldest son Craig Bullock (born from her earlier relationship with Raymond Hill, a saxophone player in Ike’s band), adopted Turner’s last name after Ike adopted him as his own. Tina raised them and her only child with Ike, Ronald.[28] Between 1963 and 1968, Ike and Tina Turner recorded for a various number of labels, in part to Ike Turner’s demand for money and finding lucrative deals. They recorded over a dozen albums including several live recordings during that period and kept themselves in the public eye during the mid-1960s by appearing on shows such as American Bandstand, Hollywood A Go-Go, Shindig! and The Andy Williams Show where their brand of entertainment was given both critical and artistic raves.

Mainstream success

After several years touring the chitlin’ circuit and Las Vegas, Ike and Tina Turner began reaching the pinnacle of their success after the release of the pop-oriented ballad, “River Deep – Mountain High“. While the song’s initial release flopped at the time of its release in 1966, it led to modest international success in Europe. Upon hearing the track and another UK hit the group recorded, which was a cover of the Motown ballad, “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Everyday)“; Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones asked the couple to open for them on their 1966 UK tour, which they obliged. The success of their UK/Europe opening for The Stones led to the group’s commercial breakthrough both overseas and in their native United States even without the presence of a US hit single. The single became a bigger success in the UK, in 1969, around the time Eric Burdon recorded a cover version there reviving the success of the original. Around this time, the group released their second release for Blue Thumb Records, The Hunter, which spawned the hits, “Bold Soul Sister” (which later helped Tina win a solo Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance) and a heavily sexualized cover of Otis Redding‘s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long“, which Tina later said she hated doing. Due to this success, the duo was lauded by other celebrities who attended their shows including David Bowie, Sly Stone, Janis Joplin, Cher, James Brown, Ray Charles, Elton John and Elvis Presley.[29]

This exposure also led to Tina Turner and Ike Turner being on the cover of the rock magazine, Rolling Stone three times between 1967 and 1971. In 1970, the group scored their first top 40 US hit in years with their cover of Sly & The Family Stone‘s “I Want to Take You Higher” and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Dick Cavett Show and the Mike Douglas Show. This success led to an extended run in Vegas and also more opportunities to perform for bigger venues though the couple still frequented black theaters including The Apollo Theater. In 1970, they signed with Liberty Records and recorded the Workin’ Together album, which led to their biggest hit single, a frenzied cover of “Proud Mary“, which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1971, two months after it was released.[30] The song later won the duo a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.[31] By 1972, the group had even made headlines by performing at Carnegie Hall, which was documented for a double live album. That year, they switched to United Artists Records and released seven albums between 1972 and 1978 (two albums were released posthumously following the duo’s infamous 1976 split). In 1973, the group released their final hit with “Nutbush City Limits“, culminating in the duo’s full embrace of funk rock rhythms and which was written by Tina. The song peaked at number twenty-two on the Hot 100 and number four in the UK.[32] In 1974, the Turners released several albums including The Gospel According to Ike & Tina, which later won the duo another Grammy Award nomination for Best Soul Gospel Performance, and Tina’s first solo album, Tina Turns the Country On, which won Tina Turner another Grammy nod for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.

Decline in popularity

By the mid-1970s, Tina’s personal life and marriage had fallen apart. Ike’s growing cocaine use led to increasingly erratic and physically abusive behavior. Ike Turner also played a hand in their professional career hitting the doldrums for refusing to accept any outside management and using all the money he earned to maintain his cocaine habit. This led to low ticket sales and lower record sales. By 1975, Ike Turner was so addicted to cocaine that he couldn’t make it to rehearsals for scheduled TV appearances leading Tina Turner to be onstage without her partner. That year, Tina accepted an offer to appear in The Who‘s rock opera, Tommy. Tina’s role in the film as the Acid Queen proved to be successful as critics raved of her appearance on the film.

Ike Turner responded by releasing Tina’s second solo album, Acid Queen, which in turn became the last Ike & Tina associated album to be released and featured the duo’s last charted single, “Baby Get It On”. A non-album single, “Delilah’s Power”, was also released during the same time. Tina’s increasing independence led to increasing fights between the couple. In July 1976, Tina and Ike had a violent fight before an appearance at the Dallas Statler Hilton, where Tina alleged that this is when she hit Ike back “for the first time”. After arriving to the hotel, Tina left Ike, fleeing with nothing more than thirty-six cents and a Mobil gas station credit card in her possession. She spent the next few months hiding from Ike while staying with various friends.[33][34] Following this, Tina filed for divorce on July 27 after fourteen years of marriage, ending the Ike & Tina Turner Revue for good.

Tina would later credit her new-found Nichiren Buddhist[35] faith with giving her the courage to strike out on her own. By walking out on Ike in the middle of a tour, she learned she was legally responsible to tour promoters for the canceled tour. Needing to earn a living, she became a solo performer, supplementing her income with TV appearances on shows such as The Hollywood Squares, Donny and Marie, The Sonny & Cher Show and The Brady Bunch Hour.[36] After a year in court, their divorce was made final on March 29, 1978. In the divorce, she completely parted ways with him retaining only her stage name and assuming responsibility for the debts incurred by the canceled tour as well as a significant IRS lien.[37]

 Life after the Revue

After laying low for a year following her separation from Ike Turner, Tina Turner went back on the road in 1977 supporting herself with a cabaret act in Las Vegas. In 1978, Tina released her third solo album (and her first album since her separation from Ike) entitled Rough on EMI Records. The album was considered a departure from the blues rock sound of Ike & Tina. Choosing to focus on “happier music” and strong readings of hard rock songs, the album would yield four singles, none of which charted. In 1979, Turner released the disco-infused Love Explosion album, but like Rough before it, it also failed to chart.[38]

Due to the albums’ underwhelming performances, United Artists and EMI Records dropped Turner from her contract after her obligations were done with the companies. Turner supported herself by touring constantly, starting her first solo tour with The Wild Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 1978. Following the end of the tour in 1979, she was invited to perform on Olivia Newton-John‘s musical variety show in Australia, where she met Newton-John’s manager Roger Davies and pursued him to manage her career. Davies accepted Turner’s offer after seeing her perform in San Francisco in 1980 and advised Turner to revamp her stage act. Despite her career downfall, Turner remained popular as a stage performer.[39]

 Return to prominence

In 1981, Turner made headlines when she performed at the Ritz Theater in New York, leading to Turner performing with Rod Stewart, first on Saturday Night Live and then on his televised Los Angeles concert tour. That same year, Turner appeared onstage with her old 1960s acquaintances The Rolling Stones. In 1982, Turner teamed up with B.E.F. for a remake of the Temptations‘ “Ball of Confusion“.[40] The song became a hit in European dance clubs. Following this success, the producers asked her to incorporate a cover of Al Green‘s classic, “Let’s Stay Together“. Released in November 1983, just days before Turner’s 44th birthday, the song became a hit single in the UK reaching number six on their charts and also became a hit in several other European countries.[41][42] The success of “Let’s Stay Together” in Europe convinced Turner’s new company Capitol Records to release the song in the US in early 1984, with the song reaching number twenty six on the Billboard Hot 100[43] while also peaking at the top five of the R&B and dance charts.[44][45]

Following its success, Capitol quickly gave Turner a new three-album contract and had them do an album, with Turner later staging what Ebony magazine called an “amazing comeback”.[46] Done in two months, the album Private Dancer, was released in June 1984. That same month, Turner issued the album’s second single, “What’s Love Got to Do with It“. It quickly reached the top ten within a month and in September had reached number one on the Hot 100 in the US, making it the first time in Turner’s career that she had reached that position. Private Dancer peaked at the top five of the Billboard album charts later selling five million copies in the US and a total of eleven million copies worldwide,[47][48][49] though some sources stated the album has sold over twenty million[4] making it her most successful album. Private Dancer also featured two more top ten singles, the rock-oriented “Better Be Good to Me” and the seductive title track while another US single, “Show Some Respect“, became a modest top forty hit. Turner’s comeback was culminated in early 1985 when she won four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. In February of that year, she embarked on her second world tour supporting the Private Dancer album, where she toured to huge crowds. One show, filmed at Birmingham, England’s NEC Arena, was later released on home video. During this time she also contributed on vocals to the USA for Africa benefit song, “We Are the World“.

Turner’s success continued in 1985 when she appeared in her first acting role in ten years in the film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, playing Aunty Entity, the ruler of Bartertown.[50] Upon its release, the film grossed $36 million[51]. Turner later received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress for her role in the film and also contributed songs to the film’s soundtrack, two of which, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living“, became hits, with “One of the Living” later winning Turner a Grammy for Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In July, Turner performed at Live Aid alongside Mick Jagger.[52] Encouraged by a performance together during Tina’s filmed solo concert in England, singer Bryan Adams released their duet single together, “It’s Only Love“, later resulting in a Grammy nod for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

 Subsequent releases

Turner and Clapton, on stage, sharing a microphone stand, singing.

Turner on tour with special guest Eric Clapton, June 17, 1987 in Wembley Arena, England

Turner returned with her next solo album, Break Every Rule, in 1986. The album quickly became platinum launching several hit singles including “Typical Male“, “Two People” and “What You Get Is What You See” going on to sell two million copies in the United States and four million together worldwide. That same year, Turner published her autobiography, I, Tina, which she talked about her early life and volatile marriage to Ike Turner. She later received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that summer. Turner’s Break Every Rule Tour, which culminated in March 1987 in Munich, contributed to record breaking sales and concert attendances. In January 1988, Turner made history alongside Paul McCartney when she performed in front of the largest paying audience (approximately 184,000) to see a solo performer in Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earning her a Guinness World Record.[53] The success of Turner’s two live tours led to the recording of Tina Live in Europe, which was released that April. Turner lay low following the end of her Break Every Rule Tour emerging once again with Foreign Affair, which included one of Turner’s signature singles, “The Best“. She later embarked on an European-only tour to promote the album. While Foreign Affair would go gold in the United States and its singles “The Best” and “Steamy Windows” becoming top forty hits there, it wasn’t as successful as Turner’s previous offerings though it was hugely successful in Europe, where Turner had personally relocated to.

In 1991, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Phil Spector later accepted on their behalf. That same year, the ex-couple signed away their rights to have their lives dramatized in the semi-autobiographical film, What’s Love Got to Do with It, later released in 1993 and starring Angela Bassett as Tina and Laurence Fishburne as Ike, with the actors later winning Best Actress and Best Actor Academy Award nominations for their portrayals of the former husband-and-wife team. Turner contributed to the soundtrack for What’s Love Got to Do with It, re-recording songs from her Ike and Tina days and recording several newer songs including what turned out to be her last top ten US hit, “I Don’t Wanna Fight“. Other than helping Bassett with her wardrobe and teaching her dance steps as well as providing songs for the soundtrack, she refused to be involved fully in the film, telling an interviewer “Why would I want to see Ike Turner beat me up again? I haven’t dwelled on it; it’s all in the past where it belongs.” Following the film’s and soundtrack’s release, Turner embarked on her first US tour in seven years. Following the tour’s end, Turner moved to Switzerland and took a year off from the road at the end of the tour.

Turner’s handprints at the Rotterdam Walk of Fame

Turner returned in 1995 with the U2 composition, “GoldenEye” for the James Bond film of the same name. Its huge success in Europe and modest success in her formerly native United States led Turner to record a new album, releasing the Wildest Dreams album in 1996. Though the album itself was not as hugely successful in the United States, thanks to a world tour and a much played Hanes hosiery commercial, the album went gold in the United States. The album reached platinum success in Europe where Turner had hits with “Whatever You Want”, “Missing You“, which briefly charted in the US, “Something Beautiful Remains“, and the sensual Barry White duet “In Your Wildest Dreams“. Following the tour’s end in 1997, Turner took another break before re-emerging again in 1999 appearing on the VH-1 special Divas Live ’99. Before celebrating her 60th birthday, Turner released the dance-infused song, “When the Heartache Is Over” and its parent album, Twenty Four Seven the following month in Europe, releasing both the song and the album in North America in early 2000. The success of “When the Heartache is Over” and Turner’s tour supporting the album once again helped in the album going gold in the U.S. The Twenty Four Seven Tour became her most successful concert tour to date and became the highest-grossing tour of 2000 according to Pollstar grossing over $100 million. Later, Guinness World Records announced that Turner had sold more concert tickets than any other solo concert performer in music history.[8][54] Afterwards Turner announced a semi-retirement.

 Recent years

In 2002, Tennessee State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush was named “Tina Turner Highway”.[55][56][57] In 2003, she teamed up with Phil Collins to record the song “Great Spirits” for the Disney film Brother Bear.

In 2004, Turner released a new compilation, All the Best, and released the single “Open Arms“. The song became a modestly successful European hit and a modest R&B hit in America. In 2005, Turner briefly performed on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View. All the Best became Turner’s first album to go platinum in the U.S. in over eleven years.

U.S. President George W. Bush congratulates Turner during a reception for the Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House on December 4, 2005. From left, the honorees are singer Tony Bennett, dancer Suzanne Farrell, actress Julie Harris, and actor Robert Redford.

At the end of the year, Turner was recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and was elected to join an elite group of entertainers.[58] President Bush commented on Turner’s “natural skill, the energy and sensuality”,[59] and referred to her legs as “the most famous in show business”.[60] Several artists paid tribute to her that night including Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Etheridge (who performed “River Deep – Mountain High” , Queen Latifah (who performed “What’s Love Got to Do with It“), Beyoncé (who performed “Proud Mary“), and the Reverend Al Green (who performed “Let’s Stay Together“). Winfrey stated, “We don’t need another hero. We need more heroines like you, Tina. You make me proud to spell my name w-o-m-a-n,”[61] and “Tina Turner didn’t just survive, she triumphed.” In November, Turner released All the Best – Live Collection and it was certified platinum by the RIAA.

In early 2006, the All the Invisible Children soundtrack was released. Turner sang “Teach Me Again” from the All the Invisible Children soundtrack with Elisa charted at No. 1 in Italy. In May 2007, Turner returned to the stage to headline a benefit concert for the Cauldwell Children’s Charity at London’s Natural History Museum. This was her first full show in seven years. Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock released an album paying tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entitled River: The Joni Letters on September 25, 2007, on which Turner contributed her vocals to a version of “Edith and The Kingpin”. On October 16, 2007, Carlos Santana released an album entitled Ultimate Santana which featured Turner singing “The Game of Love“, a song originally intended for her to sing, but which was instead released by Santana with Michelle Branch due to demands from the recording label.

On December 12, 2007, Turner issued a brief statement through a spokesperson regarding the death of her former husband Ike Turner:[62] “Tina hasn’t had any contact with Ike in more than 30 years. No further comment will be made.”[63]

Turner performed with Beyoncé at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2008. It was Turner’s first major public performance since her record-breaking Twenty-Four Seven Tour.[64][65] In addition, she picked up a Grammy as a featured artist on River: The Joni Letters. On May 5, 2008, she performed in a televised concert and interview for the Oprah show at Caesar’s Place in Las Vegas with long time friend Cher.

Turner embarked on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour on October 1, 2008,[66] which began on in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center. The album, Tina!: Her Greatest Hits, was released in support of the tour.

In 2009, Turner participated in the Beyond singing project with fellow musicians Regula Curti, Seda Bagcan and Dechen Shak Dagsay. This CD combined Buddhist chants and Christian choral music along with a spiritual message read by Turner.[67] The album was released only in Germany and a handful of other countries. It peaked at No. 7 in Switzerland. In 2011, Children Beyond followed and charted again in Switzerland.

A new live album was released by Parlophone in September 2009 entitled Tina Live. The double disc set included the full concert recorded in the Netherlands as part of her 50th Anniversary Tour on DVD and selected tracks on CD. It is only Turner’s second live album with the first, Tina Live in Europe, being released twenty years previously in 1988.

In April 2010, Turner once again had a hit with her 1989 single The Best. It peaked at No.9 in the UK Singles Chart after an internet campaign by supporters of Glasgow Rangers Football Club.[68]

Personal life

Tina Turner had two sisters, Alline Selico and Evelyn Currie, both of whom are deceased. She was close to both sisters growing up and later credited Alline with introducing her to Ike Turner after taking her to Club Manhattan which Turner frequented. Tina’s accounts of her life with Ike Turner differ from his accounts: whereas Turner alleged in her memoirs, I, Tina that Ike Turner was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive towards her, Ike Turner alleged that he never beat her but did admit to “slapping her a few times” and “punching her to the ground without thinking” in his own memoirs, Taking Back My Name. In 1976, after years of alleged abuse, Tina left him after suffering a beating by Ike’s hands while in Dallas.[26] Ike Turner pursued her for half a year stopping his pursuits in 1977. Tina filed for divorce and left most of the monetary assets in Ike Turner’s care while retaining the use of her stage name as a means to perform.[37] Ike Turner later alleged that their marriage was illegal,[26] and that Turner took his last name to discourage a former lover’s attempt to reconcile with her, resulting in her full stage name of Tina Turner.[69]

Turner was introduced to Buddhism by a friend of hers and Ike’s in 1972. Turner alleged in her autobiography that she first used Buddhist chants (mainly nam myoho renge kyo) before having to perform at a recording session at Ike’s Bolic Sounds studio and it resulted in Ike sending her money to go shopping using Buddhism as a method of both strength and as a means of getting what she wanted. Two years later, she converted to Nichiren Buddhism and later credited the religion for getting her through the rough times especially during her post-Ike/Revue life and career.[70] In 1985, she met her current boyfriend, German-based music executive Erwin Bach, while at a record label party in London. They began dating a year later and remained together since. Turner has been a citizen of Zurich since moving there in 1994. She also has had residences in London, Cologne and outside Nice.

 Awards and accolades

Main article: List of awards received by Tina Turner

Turner was listed on Rolling Stones list “The Immortals — The Greatest Artists of All Time”.[5] Turner is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee,[71] and three of her recordings, “River Deep – Mountain High” (1999), “Proud Mary” (2003) and “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (2012) are in the Grammy Hall of Fame.[72] Turner has won 8 Grammy Awards.[8]

Bryan Adams, who toured with her on the Private Dancer Tour, praised Turner’s live performances, saying, “I never saw Tina walk through a performance, she always put on a great show, and was gracious and grateful to her audience.”

Her legs were noted specifically as she was honored by President George W. Bush.


Posted February 16, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Actor/Actress, Singer

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