Tina Turner
Singer, actress
Tina Turner
Anna Mae Bullock better known by her stage name Tina Turner, is an American singer whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Turner started out her music career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name Little Ann with the song, "Box Top".
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Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner and Donna Summer: The Musicals
New York Times - about 2 months
With shows about these divas in the works — and one now onstage in a full production — it will be as if the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s never ended.
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What's Love Got To Do With It? Now We've All Got To Feast On Donald Trump's Brand of American Pie
Huffington Post - 2 months
Who could forget that famous scene in the classic flick "What's Love Got To Do With It." Iconic entertainer Tina Turner, whose birth name is Anna Mae Bullock, is sitting in a diner alongside her abusive husband, Ike. A large cake rests on the table before them. He grabs a slice and implores her to take a bite. She refuses and boy, there is hell to pay. Ike explodes in anger. As bandmates and onlookers gasp in horror, he pushes the cake toward her, smearing frosting on her face. He violently slaps her and eventually shoves her to the ground, all the while shouting the infamous movie scene quote, "Eat the cake, Anna Mae!" On November 8 America was officially slapped in the same manner with the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. And, like Annie Mae, unfortunately now we all must "eat the cake," or say American pie, that is Trump, being forcefully pushed into our faces. It's a sobering reality for those of us who do not embrace, celebrate or condone Trum ...
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2 Hidden Ways We Sabotage Intimacy In The Relationship We Want
Huffington Post - 3 months
Credit: Milkos Do you have a pattern of being attracted to an emotionally unavailable intimate partner who is emotionally protected and difficult to get close with? Or do you have a history of pushing away the sort of person who is available, caring, and easy to get close with? How Do You Sabotage Intimacy? Whether we are in the process of falling in love, or have been married for 16 years, we all know that it feels amazing to be emotionally connected our partner. Much less understood is how a couple can start holding hands with a close connection and then begin the painful process of falling out of love. All of us disconnect in different ways. It's a torturous feeling to experience love when we are so familiar with heartbreak. As Tina Turner reminds us, "who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?" What are some of your disconnecting behaviors? Some of these might sound familiar: Overworking, criticizing, interrupting, withdrawing, drinking, Clingin ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Forget Happiness, Let Joy Find You
Huffington Post - 3 months
In the Declaration of Independence, such a blessing in other ways, Jefferson dedicated us to "the pursuit of happiness." A misdirection, say the authors of Return to Joy. According to Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker, happiness is an entertainment, shallow, fickle, short-lived, a perfect complement to a consumer society. The real thing is joy or what other writers have called ecstasy or bliss. As another recent book says, "what a huge joke it would be" if bliss "is not something you 'attain' or 'pursue,' much less 'merit,' but something you 'notice' or 'let happen' or 'get out of the way of'." But Harvey and Baker go further. In Return to Joy they make clear that the path to joy leads through sorrow or grief. If we deny and run away from grief, in the way that many now deny man-made climate change, then we can never find the path to bliss. This little book (its text is just 105 pages) contains the wisdom of two long-time searchers. Its rich brevity reminds me of a line of one of t ...
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Family Hears Their Late Daughter's Heart Beat Inside Organ Recipient
Huffington Post - 7 months
A Florida teen’s memory lives on through a strong heartbeat.  The family of 14-year-old Katelyn Zimmerman, who was killed by a drunk driver in March, recently met the person who received her heart, ABC 11 reported.  In the video below, Katelyn’s family listens to her heart beating inside Albert Jeffries IV. Albert, a 14-year-old from North Carolina with dilated cardiomyopathy, was flooded with emotion. “Thank you for the gift of being able to see more in life,” Albert, whose condition means his heart struggles to pump blood, tearfully read in a letter to Katelyn’s family during their meeting. “Thank you for being my miracle.” Butterflies and balloons were released for the occasion, and the families exchanged gifts. Tina Turner, Albert’s mother, also shared a poem expressing her gratitude.  For the late teen’s family, the event, especially the portion in which they heard Katelyn’s heart beat, proved comforting.  “It put us at peace knowing t ...
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The Carnegie Hall You Thought You Knew
Huffington Post - 9 months
What makes New York City one of the most exciting and cherished places in the world is its rich history of contributing to arts and culture. It's a magical city that draws people from near and far. From Broadway plays to live jazz at Dizzy's or emerging artists performing in the village on any given night, New York City locals and visitors can experience a cultural energy that's far beyond the most obvious narrative. New York City's acknowledged position as the mecca for arts and entertainment in America means that aspiring artists and performers flock here in untold numbers, willing to sacrifice everything for the opportunity to present their work at the highest levels in their fields. However, there is often the mistaken impression that accessibility and engagement is restricted to the glittering elite who created and endowed the city's great institutions. Yet this could not be further from the truth, particularly in regard to the iconic Carnegie Hall. There is actually a welc ...
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50 Things I'd Actually Want to Hear from Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 12 months
At this point, the relationship between Donald Trump and the press is the sort that makes Ike and Tina Turner seem like Mike and Carol Brady. The more he attacks his chroniclers, the more he enjoys it and the less the media seems to be able to do about it. In fact, every insult just brings him more airtime. He's the Kanye West of politics. Every ridiculous thing he utters becomes a headline that only encourages him to say more ridiculous things because he's been given a forum. Don't get me wrong. I know a precious few interviewers have gamely attempted to bottle up the slippery garden snake that is The Donald's world view. For the most part, though, he still seems to be getting a free pass from the mainstream media because... let's face it... he is pretty damned entertaining! (Although so is Mr. Burns from The Simpsons and I'd never want him to be president either...) As a lifelong journalist, it's killing me to see how few revealing questions he's ever answered honestly. And, as ...
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The Fickle Finger of Faith
Huffington Post - about 1 year
From one-night stands to marriages that have lasted six or seven decades, romance has always been a curious ingredient in relationships. Primitive cultures that relied on agriculture for survival often practiced fertility rites designed to please the gods in the hope of being blessed with abundant crops. Today, the folk dances of many cultures contain reminders of the celebration of human sexuality that was focused on the propagation of the species. In Sexual Behavior in Pre Contact Hawai'i: A Sexological Ethnography, Dr. Milton Diamond explains that: The Western concept of marriage did not exist in Hawai'i, and even if a common definition of marriage is applied, sexual/genital interactions were socially accepted in many 'nonmarital' and non-committed relations. The concepts of premarital and extramarital sexual activities were absent, and it was probably true of Hawai'i, as it was said to have been true of much of Polynesia, that 'there are no people in the world who indulge the ...
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Reflections On the Coney Island Freak Show
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Why are you doing this?" I asked myself as I handed over $10 to enter the infamous Coney Island Side Show. After all, as a person of short stature, I could easily have been exhibited there not so long ago. Yet something about the concept intrigued me, why they are desperately trying to keep this tradition going and how much has changed since the days of "the elephant man." Coney Island's is one of the last permanent freak shows left in America, consisting of 10 acts on a continuous loop. Among them were what you might expect: fire breathers and sword swallowers, plus more provocative ones such as a scantily clad Nigerian woman gyrating with a giant snake to Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" (I could write a whole other article about that.) But it was the first act that made my heart sink. "Penguin Boy," whose real name we never learned, was of short stature like me, and born without arms. As I sat in the awkwardly small audience watching him parade around and make jokes about havin ...
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Armani fetes 40 years in fashion with VIP gala, new museum
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Italy's Giorgio Armani celebrated 40 years in fashion with a star-studded gala and opening of a museum dedicated to his designer business. The 80-year old designer, known for his clean cut and elegant collections, was joined by celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank and Tina Turner for the bash in Milan, headquarters to his fashion empire. Nicknamed King Giorgio, the designer, who once worked as a window dresser, is known for being hands-on in creating one of the most recognized fashion brands in the world. Stars such as Beyonce, David Beckham and Megan Fox have modeled his perfumes or underwear.
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An Interview With <i>Drag Race</i> Fan Favorite Latrice Royale
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Photo by Marcelo Cantu Of all the queens to come out of RuPaul's Drag Race, there are very few as universally loved and revered as Latrice Royale. We're now three seasons past Latrice's run on the show, and the three casts of queens to come after her have only made Latrice shine even more. Longevity is key in the drag world, and it is incredibly clear that audiences around the country and world will get to experience Latrice Royale for many more years to come. She is large and in charge, chunky yet funky, and also incredibly generous, funny, and kind (none of which rhymes with anything that well but are all still very true). I caught up with Latrice during some of her very rare free time to chat about what's new in her life and her thoughts on the past and future of drag. You were born in Los Angeles, but your drag career began in Florida. What was it like the first time you brought Latrice Royale back to your hometown? It was really amazing, because my whole adult life w ...
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The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still." That's the opening line of the 1963 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron", one of a string of songs that vividly captured the essence of teenage romance in a way American popular music had rarely done. There's been a recent resurgence of interest in those 1960's tunes. Bette Midler leads off her new CD It's The Girls, a glorious tribute to girl groups, with "Be My Baby", which she credited to The Ronettes during a television appearance. In December, Darlene Love wrapped up a nearly 30-year annual tradition of performing "Christmas: Baby Please Come Home" on David Letterman's late-night show. When singer Lesley Gore passed away in February, her song "Maybe I Know (That He's Been Cheating)" was heard again on the radio. And on the latest edition of NBC's The Sing-off, host Nick Lachey introduced one group's number by saying "Now performing "River Deep, Mountain High" by Tina Turner, here is Traces." Yes, Turner's 1966 version of that classic, ...
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Hot 'Effing' Tuna Takes the Beacon Theater By Storm
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It's often been said, "There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert." While that's certainly true, there is also nothing like a Hot Tuna concert. Unlike Dead Heads, Tuna Fans tend to be more rowdy and aggressive, less "Peace and Love, man" and more likely to scream out "Hot Fuckin Tuna" to regularly startle everybody. The most recent Beacon Theater' Hot Tuna' concert on December 13, 2014 was exemplary in every way. And, it was the Beacon Theater that always makes it a grand Tuna affair. When Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady play together, whether it's an acoustic show or righteously electric, Hot Tuna fans show up in force. And they're generally not playing hackey sack or selling bean sprout wraps in the parking lot. Much more likely to find them in close-by bars drinking beer and talking about "Come Back Baby" from the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey on 11/20/76. While rowdier, Hot Tuna fans love their Jack &amp; Jorma and each other. When Jack &amp; Jo ...
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A Black History Month Lesson From Beyoncé and Jay Z
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Lifetime kicked off Black History Month with The Gabby Douglas Story, in which the Olympian says Beyoncé inspired her. Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z's usual notoriety has been eclipsed lately by heated reactions to Bey's new album and to the couple's Grammys performance, which sparked questions about Beyoncé's feminist status and charges that the song "Drunk in Love" endorses domestic violence. What lessons can Beyoncé and Jay Z offer us as we enter Black History Month? The recent criticism of this influential pair can help move us toward a more complex understanding of how race, class, and gender intersect in contemporary popular culture. We've asked some seemingly disparate questions about these two: How can Bey reconcile her "Gender Equality Is a Myth!" essay and her sample of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be feminists" TEDx talk with her hypersexualized look? Does she qualify as a feminist when "Drunk in Love" includes an apparent nod to domestic violence when Ja ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tina Turner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 76
    Turner has sometimes referred to herself a Buddhist-Baptist, alluding to her upbringing in the Baptist church and her later conversion to Buddhism. Throughout her childhood and early adulthood, Turner was Baptist. In a 2016 interview, Turner stated that "I consider myself a Buddhist."
    More Details Hide Details Turner was introduced to Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in 1973 by a friend of Ike's named Valerie Bishop. Turner wrote in her autobiography I, Tina that after Valerie taught her to recite the Buddhist chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Tina observed that Ike, instead of hitting her for singing supposed wrong notes during recording sessions, would give her money to go shopping, something she regarded as a benefit of her newfound spiritual practice.
  • 2013
    Age 73
    Turner appeared on the cover of the German issue of Vogue magazine in April 2013, becoming at the age of 73 the oldest person worldwide to feature on the cover of Vogue.
    More Details Hide Details On February 3, 2014, Parlophone Records released a new compilation titled Love Songs. Later in the year, Beyond's third album Love Within was released with Turner contributing some gospel tracks. After moving to St. Louis, Tina (then called Anna Mae Bullock) and her sister became acquainted with members of the Kings of Rhythm, and Anna Mae dated the band's saxophonist Raymond Hill. After Anna Mae gave birth to their son Craig, the couple's relationship became strained. Allegedly, after a fight between the two broke out, Ike and other Kings of Rhythm members confronted Hill and beat him up, with one member tackling him to the ground, instantly breaking his leg. The injury was so severe that Hill had to return to his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Ike later adopted Anna Mae and Hill's son, adding his own last name legally.
    Turner signed the paperwork to give up her American citizenship at the U.S. embassy in Bern on October 24, 2013.
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    On April 22, 2013, she became a citizen of Switzerland and was issued a Swiss passport.
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    On January 25, 2013, it was announced that Turner had applied for Swiss citizenship, and that she would relinquish her U.S. citizenship.
    More Details Hide Details In April, she undertook a mandatory citizenship test which included advanced knowledge of the German language and of Swiss history.
    Born American and raised in the Southeastern United States, she obtained Swiss citizenship in 2013 and relinquished her American one.
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  • 2011
    Age 71
    In a 2011 public interview with Shambala Sun, Turner indicated that she no longer follows the morning and evening Gongyo practice in a regimented schedule and hosts various types of Buddhist statues in her home altar located in the upper attic of one of her guesthouses in Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details In the Soka Gakkai tradition we are taught how to sing it. It is a sound and a rhythm and it touches a place inside you. That place we try to reach is the subconscious mind. I believe that is the highest place." Turner has been living in a lake house, Château Algonquin in Küsnacht, next to Zurich, since moving there in 1994. She owned property in Cologne, London, and Los Angeles, and a villa on the French Riviera named Anna Fleur.
    In an August 2011 interview with Shambhala Sun Buddhist magazine, Turner stated she adheres to the teachings and values of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International.
    More Details Hide Details Turner has collaborated with Tibetan Buddhists and met with the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso in Einsiedeln, Switzerland in 2005, citing this as an inspiration for a spiritual music project she later co-founded called Beyond.
  • 2010
    Age 70
    In April 2010, mainly due to an online campaign by fans of the Rangers Football Club, Turner's 1989 hit, "The Best", returned to the UK singles chart, peaking at number 9 on the chart.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Beyond's second album Children - With Children United In Prayer followed and charted again in Switzerland. Turner promoted the album by performing on TV shows in Germany and Switzerland in December that year. In May 2012, Turner was spotted attending a fashion show in Beijing to support Giorgio Armani.
  • 2009
    Age 69
    In 2009, Turner participated in the singing project Beyond with fellow musicians Regula Curti, Selda Bagcan, and Dechen Shak Dagsay.
    More Details Hide Details Their first album Buddhist And Christian Prayers combined Buddhist chants and Christian choral music along with a spiritual message read by Turner. The album was released only in Germany and a handful of other countries. It peaked at number 7 in Switzerland.
  • 2008
    Age 68
    In October 2008, Turner embarked on her first tour in nearly ten years with the Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.
    More Details Hide Details In support of the tour, Turner released another hits compilation. The tour became a huge success and culminated in the release of the live album/DVD, Tina Live.
    Turner made her public comeback in February 2008 at the Grammy Awards where she performed alongside Beyoncé.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, she picked up a Grammy as a featured artist on River: The Joni Letters.
  • 2007
    Age 67
    On December 12, 2007, Turner's former husband Ike Turner died from a cocaine overdose.
    More Details Hide Details He had also been suffering from emphysema and cardiovascular disease. Reached for comment, Turner issued a brief statement through her spokesperson stating: "Tina hasn't had any contact with Ike in more than 30 years. No further comment will be made."
    In 2007, Turner gave her first live performance in seven years, headlining a benefit concert for the Cauldwell's Children Charity at London's Natural History Museum.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Turner performed a rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Edith and The Kingpin" on Herbie Hancock's Mitchell tribute album, River: The Joni Letters. Turner's original vocals for Carlos Santana's "The Game of Love" were included in a Santana greatest hits compilation. Label demands led to Turner's vocals being replaced at the last minute by Michelle Branch.
  • 2004
    Age 64
    In 2004, Tina made her first professional appearances following her semi-retirement, releasing the compilation album, All the Best, which produced the single "Open Arms", and sold more than a million copies in the US.
    More Details Hide Details In December of the following 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. President George W. Bush commented on Turner's "natural skill, the energy and sensuality", and referred to her legs as "the most famous in show business." Several artists paid tribute to her that night including Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Etheridge (performing "River Deep - Mountain High"), Queen Latifah (performing "What's Love Got to Do with It"), Beyoncé (performing "Proud Mary"), and Al Green (performing "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," In November, Turner released All the Best – Live Collection and it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Turner participated in the soundtrack to All the Invisible Children, providing duet vocals to the song "Teach Me Again", with singer Elisa, finding success in Italy where it peaked at the top spot.
  • 2002
    Age 62
    In 2002, Tennessee State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush was named "Tina Turner Highway."
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she recorded the duet "Great Spirits" with Phil Collins for the Disney film, Brother Bear.
  • 2000
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later, Guinness World Records announced that Turner had sold more concert tickets than any other solo concert performer in music history. Afterwards Turner announced a semi-retirement.
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    Her relationship with her mother remained estranged until Bullock's death in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details A self-professed tomboy, Anna Mae joined both the cheerleading squad and the female basketball team at Carver High School in Brownsville, and "socialized every chance she got." Her first boyfriend, while she was living in Brownsville, was Harry Taylor, who originally attended a rival school to hers. Taylor relocated to Anna's school to be near her. The relationship ended after Anna Mae learned Harry had married another woman. When Anna Mae was 16, her grandmother died suddenly. After the funeral, Anna Mae went to live with her mother in St. Louis, where she was reunited with her sister. There, Anna Mae graduated from Sumner High School in 1958. After her graduation, she worked as a nurse's aide at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and dreamed of becoming a nurse. Anna and her sister began to frequent nightclubs in the St. Louis and East St. Louis areas around this time. At Club Manhattan, a nightclub in the East St. Louis area, she first saw Ike Turner and his band, the Kings of Rhythm, perform. Anna was impressed by the band's music and of Ike's talent, claiming the bandleader's music put her "into a trance." Anna felt the urge to sing on stage with Ike's band despite the fact that few women had ever sung with him. One night, 18-year-old Anna was given a microphone by Kings of Rhythm drummer Gene Washington during an intermission.
  • 1997
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, the duet with Italian musician Eros Ramazzotti in "Cose della vita" became a European hit.
  • 1996
    Age 56
    Its huge success in Europe and modest success in her native United States led Turner to record a new album, releasing the Wildest Dreams album in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details 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 U.S., "Something Beautiful Remains", and the sensual Barry White duet "In Your Wildest Dreams."
  • 1995
    Age 55
    Turner returned in 1995 with the U2 composition, "GoldenEye" for the James Bond film of the same name.
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  • 1991
    Age 51
    In 1991, Ike & Tina Turner were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details 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 receiving 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 Revue days and recording several newer songs, including what turned out to be her last Top 10 U.S. 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, and appearing as herself at the end of the film, 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 songs, "The Best." She later embarked on a European tour to promote the album. While Foreign Affair went gold in the United States, with its singles "The Best" and "Steamy Windows" becoming Top 40 hits there. It was hugely successful in Europe, where Turner had personally relocated.
    Turner's European Break Every Rule Tour, which culminated in March 1988 in Munich, Germany, contributed to record breaking sales and concert attendances.
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  • 1986
    Age 46
    Turner followed up Private Dancer with Break Every Rule in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Featuring "Typical Male", "Two People" and "What You Get Is What You See", the album sold over four million copies worldwide. Prior to the album's release, Turner published her memoirs, I, Tina, which later became a bestseller, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1985
    Age 45
    In 1985, Ike accused Tina of bad parenting, even alleging she had sent Michael to a mental hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Tina denied his claims, telling Australian magazine TV Week, "he gave me those children and not a penny to look after them with."
    Ike also claimed on more than one occasion that he and Tina weren't even legally married. In the 1985 Spin article, Ike said, "As God is my judge, of all my wives, Tina is the only one I was never legally married to."
    More Details Hide Details He explained in later years that Tina took his name in order to discourage a former lover from returning to her. Ike said he had married at least 14 times, and five times before he allegedly married Tina. Tina admits she "never felt like she was married" to Ike. A musician associate of Ike's later recounted that, except for a few arguments, he never witnessed Ike being abusive to Tina or anyone else in his close circle.
    Turner's success continued when she travelled to Australia to star opposite Mel Gibson in the 1985 post-apocalyptic film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
    More Details Hide Details The movie provided her with her first acting role in ten years—she portrayed the glamorous Aunty Entity, the ruler of Bartertown. Upon release, critical response to her performance was generally positive, and the film became a global success, making more than $36 million in the United States alone. Turner later received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress for her role in the film. She also recorded two songs for the film, "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" and "One of the Living"; both became hits, with the latter winning Turner a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In July, Turner performed at Live Aid alongside Mick Jagger. 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 nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
    Turner's comeback culminated in early 1985 when she won four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for "What's Love Got to Do with It."
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • 1983
    Age 43
    In November 1983, Tina released her cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", with Capitol.
    More Details Hide Details The record became a hit, reaching several European charts, including a top 10 placement in the United Kingdom. The song peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Turner's first solo entry into the U.S. charts. It also peaked at the top 10 of the Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot Black Singles charts. The success of the song forced Capitol to rethink its contract with Turner, offering the singer a three album deal, demanding an album on short notice, which had Turner staging what Ebony magazine later called an "amazing comeback." Recorded in two months in London, the album, Private Dancer, was released in June 1984. That same month, Capitol issued the album's second single, "What's Love Got to Do with It." It reached the top 10 within a month and in September had reached number 1 on the Hot 100 in the U.S. Featuring hit singles such as "Better Be Good to Me" and "Private Dancer", the album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling five million copies alone in the states and selling over twenty million copies worldwide, making it her most successful album.
  • 1980
    Age 40
    Davies agreed to work with Turner as her manager after seeing her perform at the Venetian Ballroom in the Fairmont San Francisco hotel in February 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Davies advised Turner to drop her band and remodel her show into a grittier rock'n'roll showcase. In 1981, Davies booked Tina at The Ritz in New York City. Following the performance, Rod Stewart hired Turner to perform a duet version of his hit, "Hot Legs", on Saturday Night Live, and later hired Turner to open for him on his U.S. tour. One show with Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes, on 19 December 1981, at the L. A. Forum, Inglewood, was filmed. Afterwards, Turner opened three shows for The Rolling Stones. A recorded cover of The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion" for the UK production team B.E.F. featuring Robert Cray, became a hit in European dance clubs in 1982. Following performances with Chuck Berry and several short tours in the U.S. and Europe, Turner again performed at the Ritz in December of the year, which resulted in a singles deal with Capitol Records under the insistence of David Bowie.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 39
    Following an appearance on Olivia Newton-John's US TV special, Hollywood Nights, in 1979, Turner sought contract with Newton-John's manager Roger Davies.
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  • 1978
    Age 38
    After divorcing Ike in 1978, Tina abstained from relationships for a long time, as she set on bringing her career back on track. While at a record label party in London in 1985, Tina met German music executive Erwin Bach. Initially friends, Turner and Bach began dating the following year, and have remained together ever since. In July 2013, after a 27-year romantic partnership, the couple married in a civil ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich, in Küsnacht, northern Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details Turner has two sons. Her first, Raymond Craig, born in 1958 when Turner was 18, is the child of Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill. Her second, Ronald Turner, born in October 1960, is Turner's only child with Ike Turner. After moving to Los Angeles in 1960, Ike Turner's estranged wife, Lorraine Turner, left her and Ike's sons, Ike Jr. (born 1958) and Michael (born 1959), to be raised by Ike and Tina. During Ike and Lorraine's divorce trial, Ike sent the four boys to live with Tina at her home.
    In 1978, United Artists released Turner's third solo album, Rough, with distribution both in North America and Europe with EMI.
    More Details Hide Details That album, along with its followup, Love Explosion, which included a brief diversion to disco rhythms, failed to chart. The albums completed her United Artists/EMI contracts and Turner left the labels. Continuing her performing career with her second headlining tour, Wild Lady of Rock 'n' Roll, she continued to be a successful live act even without the premise of a hit record.
    After a year in court, their divorce was made final on March 29, 1978.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Internal Revenue Service lien.
  • 1977
    Age 37
    Later in 1977, Turner headlined her first solo concert tour, throughout Australia.
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    In 1977, with finances given to her by United Artists executive Richard Stewart, Tina returned onstage, giving a round of shows in Las Vegas in a cabaret setting, influenced by the cabaret shows she witnessed while a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
    More Details Hide Details She took her cabaret act to smaller venues in the United States. Turner earned further income by appearing on shows such as The Hollywood Squares, Donny and Marie, The Sonny & Cher Show and The Brady Bunch Hour.
  • 1976
    Age 36
    In July 1976, Ike Turner had plans to leave United Artists Records for a five-year, $150,000 deal with Cream Records.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was to be signed on July 6. On July 2, 1976, Ike and Tina were en route from Los Angeles to Dallas where the Revue had a gig at the Dallas Statler Hilton. The couple engaged in a bloody fight during their ride to the hotel. Shortly after arriving to the hotel, Tina fled from the hotel and later hid at a friend's house. On July 27, Tina sued for divorce in the grounds of irreconcilable differences. Tina later credited the Nichiren Buddhist faith and chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo with giving her the courage to strike out on her own. However, by walking out on Ike in the middle of a tour, she learned she was legally responsible to tour promoters for the canceled shows.
    In her autobiography, I, Tina, she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce.
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  • 1975
    Age 35
    Following the release of Tommy, another Turner solo album, Acid Queen, was released in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details By the mid-1970s, Ike Turner's excessive cocaine habit had gotten out of hand. During this period, Tina adopted the Nichiren Buddhism faith and chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to help her deal through a stressful marriage and career. Due to Ike Turner's drug abuse, some shows were either canceled or postponed.
  • 1974
    Age 34
    In 1974, Tina released her first solo album, Tina Turns the Country On!, winning a Grammy nomination.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Tina traveled to London to participate in the filming of the rock musical, Tommy, in which she played The Acid Queen, A drug addicted prostitute who tries to coax Tommy into illegal drug addiction and sang the song of the same name. Turner's performance was critically acclaimed. Shortly after filming wrapped, Turner appeared with Ann-Margret on her TV special in London. Returning to the United States, Turner continued her career with the Revue.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    In 1972, Ike Turner created the studio, Bolic Sounds, near their home in Inglewood.
    More Details Hide Details After Liberty was bought by United Artists Records, the duo was assigned to that label, releasing ten albums in a three-year period. The duo's final major hit single, "Nutbush City Limits", was released in 1973, reaching number 22 on the Hot 100, and peaking at number 4 in the UK.
  • 1971
    Age 31
    Raised as a Baptist, she encountered faith with Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism in 1971, crediting the spiritual chant of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, which Turner claims helped her to endure during difficult times.
    More Details Hide Details After her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career through live performances. In the early 1980s, she launched a major comeback with another string of hits, starting in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" followed by the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer which became a worldwide success. "What's Love Got to Do with It", the lead single won three Grammy Awards including Record of the Year. Her solo success continued with the multi platinum albums Break Every Rule and Foreign Affair and with singles such as "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", "The Best" and "GoldenEye" for the James Bond film of the same name. "What's Love Got to Do with It" was later used as the title of a loosely based biographical film adapted from her autobiography. In addition to her musical career, Turner has also experienced success in films, including the role of Acid Queen in the 1975 rock musical Tommy, a starring role alongside Mel Gibson in the 1985 action film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and a cameo role in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    Before a show in Los Angeles, in 1968, Tina tried to commit suicide by swallowing 50 Valiums, after a fight with Ike. After their July 1976 fight in Dallas, Tina filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details In the final divorce decree, Tina took responsibility for missed concert dates as well as an IRS lien, and requested to be allowed to retain use of her stage name as a means to find work as a performer. Following the divorce, Turner claimed she had corrective surgery on her nasal septum, which she says was injured by Ike's frequent hitting. Turner dismissed popular notions that she was a "victim" of Ike Turner's abuse, stating she "was in control every minute there" during the abusive marriage. Friends and relatives of Ike's said he never fully got over their divorce. Their son Ronald once alleged that Ike used to come to his house occasionally and snoop through his address book to locate Tina.
  • 1962
    Age 22
    In her book, Tina stated the couple married in Tijuana, in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details She recalled the first time Ike physically abused her began after she told him she was considering leaving Ike's group due to financial disputes and their own confusing relationship. Tina said Ike grabbed a shoe stretcher and hit her in the head with it. Afterwards, Tina said, Ike asked her to have sex with him. Tina wrote in her memoirs, I, Tina, that the incident was the first time Ike had "instilled fear" in her. Ike's accounts of his relationship with Tina, including the incidents of abuse, differed. In a 1985 interview with Spin magazine, Ike admitted, "Yeah I hit her, but I didn't hit her more than the average guy beats his wife. If she says I abused her, maybe I did." He worded this slightly differently in his memoirs, Taking Back My Name (1999), writing: "Sure, I've slapped Tina. There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her."
  • 1960
    Age 20
    Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 19
    Ike and Tina began a sexual relationship in 1959, much to Tina's chagrin.
    More Details Hide Details Ike also felt guilt over the relationship, stating later that having sex with Tina felt as if he were having sex with a sibling.
  • 1958
    Age 18
    She began her musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name "Little Ann."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on November 26, 1939.
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