Women Music March 2022 – Day 10 – Tina Turner

Tina Turner 2009 50th Anniversary Tour.  Photo by Philip Spittle

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an American-born Swiss singer, songwriter and actress. Widely referred to as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.

Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, “Boxtop“, in 1958. In 1960, she was introduced as Tina Turner with the hit duet single “A Fool in Love“. The duo Ike & Tina Turner became “one of the most formidable live acts in history.” They released hits such as “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”, “River Deep – Mountain High”, “Proud Mary”, and “Nutbush City Limits” before disbanding in 1976.

In the 1980s, Turner launched “one of the greatest comebacks in music history.” Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. At age 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. Her chart success continued with “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”, “Typical Male”, “The Best”, “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, and “GoldenEye”. During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer. Turner also acted in the films Tommy (1975,) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985,) and Last Action Hero (1993.) In 1993, What’s Love Got to Do with It, a biopic adapted from her autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, was released. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of the jukebox musical Tina.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She has received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first black artist and first female to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She is also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.


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Some things to share:
In January 2022, Turner and her husband purchased a $76 million waterfront estate overlooking Lake Zurich at the eastern border of Stäfa. She had lived in Château Algonquin in Küsnacht on the shore of Lake Zurich since 1994. Turner previously owned property in Cologne, London, and Los Angeles, and a villa on the French Riviera named Anna Fleur.

On January 23, 2013, it was announced that Turner had applied for Swiss citizenship, and that she would relinquish her U.S. citizenship. In April, she undertook a mandatory citizenship test which included advanced knowledge of German (the official language of the canton of Zürich) and of Swiss history. On April 22, 2013, she became a citizen of Switzerland and was issued a Swiss passport. Turner signed the paperwork to give up her American citizenship at the U.S. embassy in Bern on October 24, 2013.

Turner revealed in her 2018 memoir My Love Story that she has suffered life-threatening illnesses. In 2013, three weeks after her wedding to Erwin Bach, she suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Turner opted for homeopathic remedies to treat her high blood pressure that resulted in damage to her kidneys and eventual kidney failure. Her chances of receiving a kidney were low, and she was urged to start dialysis. She considered assisted suicide and signed up to be a member of Exit, but Bach offered to donate a kidney for her transplant. Turner had kidney transplant surgery on April 7, 2017.

Official website: here

My favorite song (and movie role) by Tina


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    I love tina! She’s amazing!

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  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I saw her in the early 2000s with Joe Cocker sharing a bill with each other. Wonderful show and she did a great slow version of Help!.
    She went through crap no one should have had to go through with Ike. Not only great but tough.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, I can only imagine how great that show must have been with those two powerhouse performers. I envy you!

      Yes she did. She went from Little Ann to Tina Turner and wove her world in the better way. I’ve always loved her. I used to work with a lady who reminds me of her. Grew up in Chicago, lost her mom real young, and left there for a better chance for herself. Nicest person you will *ever* meet, but she don’t play.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        I got the ticket for Jen’s birthday….she loves anything that Joe Cocker does…Tina though blew her away also.

        Yes I can imagine how tough she is growing up there under those circumstances.

        I always felt bad for Tina Turner and Ronnie Spector…they married lunatics.

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  3. Terrific pick, Lisa. Tina Turner is one of my long-time favorite artists. And what an amazing comeback story after all the mental and physical abuse she had to endure. I feel fortunate to have seen her twice. She was a hell of a performer, working that stage in impossibly high-heeled shoes – unreal!

    Fun fact: My first concert in Dortmund, Germany in the ’80s was recorded, and part of the material ended up on her 1988 album “Tina Live in Europe”. If you listen close enough, you can hear me scream! 🙂

    Everything except for the previous sentence is true. How do I know? Because Tina told the audience the show was being recorded. Plus, Dortmund Westfalenhalle is named among the venues where the material was captured.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian what a wonderful story and you got me on the scream lol. She is one hell of a performer. So strange to think she’s 82 now and a Swiss citizen.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    A dynamo. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wish I had half that energy!

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