Yesterday (May 24) one of the brightest stars in the music community passed away. Tina Turner, known as the queen of rock and roll, has died at the age of 83. His death was announced on Turner’s official Instagram account. The sad news of the singer shocked his fans and the music world. Turner’s distinctive musical style has also influenced some of today’s biggest artists such as Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe and Rihanna. Tina Turner made her mark in the 1980s with songs like What’s Love Got to Do with It and Private Dancer. Unfortunately, in the last years of his life, he struggled with health problems such as cancer, stroke, and kidney failure. Tina Turner, who first entered the world of music with the group Ike & Tina Turner, which she founded with her husband Ike Turner in the early 1960s, continued her solo career after 1976 and further increased her fame. Let’s take a closer look at the life of Tina Turner.
Tina Turner, real name Anna May Bullock, was born November 26, 1939 in Tennessee.
Her mother, Zelma Bullock, was a factory worker, and her father, Floyd Richard Bullock, was a Baptist preacher and factory worker. Tina Turner worked as a paramedic and nursing assistant at Barnes Jewish Hospital before starting her musical career.
While he was working as a paramedic, his sister began taking him to the city’s nightclubs.
One night they went to a place called Club Imperial. It was here that Tina met Mississippi rhythm and blues musician Ike Turner. Tina wanted to sing for him. Ike was skeptical at first, but at the urging of the young woman, he gave him permission. So Tina became a vocalist at 18, making occasional appearances on Ike’s show. Just two years later, Tina became the star of the show.
In 1960, when the artist who was supposed to sing “The Fool in Love” did not show up at the studio, Tina intervened.
“A Fool in Love” became a huge R&B hit and reached the top 30 on the US pop chart. Around this time, Ike changed Anna May Bullock’s name to Tina Turner. The group was renamed The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Tina and Ike got married in 1962 in Mexico.
Time and musical style have changed, and Tina Turner has become a unique stage personality.
His impressive dancing has influenced many other artists including Mick Jagger. Tina and Ike Turner recorded such hits as “Fool in Love”, “Everything will be fine”, “I idolize you” and “The river is deep, the mountain is high”. At the end of the decade, the couple began to adopt a modern rock style. Their cover of “Proud Mary” became the couple’s biggest commercial success, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1971. The single ended up winning a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance. Many of their original recordings failed to chart, but Ike and Tina Turner did; He was praised by the Rolling Stones, Cher, Elton John and Elvis Presley.
Tina later became isolated and abused by Ike.
Ike was a drug addict. Their tours declined and record sales plummeted. Ike was the band’s manager and music manager, but his demeanor was very stern and controlling. In July 1976, Tina separated from her husband. He ran away from Ike for several months, hiding with his various friends. Later, the young woman converted to Nichiren Buddhism. This belief gave him the courage to act on his own.
After her divorce, she continued her career alone to earn a living.
Meanwhile, he increased his income by participating in television programs. After 16 years of marriage, Tina and Ike officially divorced in 1978. Tina continued to perform in the US and Europe, but her career steadily deteriorated as she had no hit albums.
In December 1983, a cover of “Let’s Stay Together” reached No. 6 on the UK music charts and was a hit in many other European countries.
In 1984, Turner put on a show that Ebony magazine called “an incredible comeback”. The second single “What’s Love Got to Do with It” reached number one in the US and number three in the UK. It was Turner’s only number one hit in the US.
Turner later won an MTV Video Music Award, two American Music Awards, and four Grammy Awards. In February 1985, she embarked on her first solo world tour, the Private Dancer Tour, performing in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
In the 2000s, Guinness World Records announced that Turner had sold more concert tickets than any other solo concert artist in music history. Tina performed with Beyoncé at the 50th Grammy Awards in February 2008. This was Turner’s first major public performance since the record breaking Twenty-Four Seven Tour.
In 2009, Turner participated in the singing project Beyond along with fellow musicians Regula Kurti, Seda Bagkan (niece of Selda Bagkan) and Dechen Shak-Dagsay. After this long and successful career, the queen of rock and roll passed away on May 24, 2023.
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