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The Life of Tina Turner

She overcame an abusive marriage and later almost died of kidney failure. Despite these obstacles, Tina Turner became the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.

Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll

She has an electric stage presence and a powerful, soulful voice. She’s sold over 200 million albums and singles over half a century. She's Anna Mae Bullock aka Tina Turner. She was born in November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee to sharecropper parents. At 10, her mother left an abusive relationship with her father. She was then sent to live with her grandmother. At 16, after her grandmother died, she moved to St. Louis to live with her mother.

**Ike & Tina **

At 17, she met Ike Turner, a popular singer and bandleader. He changed her name to Tina Turner, trademarked it, and launched The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. The duo was one of the most successful acts of the 1960s and 1970s, with hits such as “River Deep, Mountain High,” and “Proud Mary.” But their relationship was abusive, and after a 16-year marriage, she left him in 1976 — with only 36 cents and a gas station credit card on her — and filed for divorce. By 45, she'd released her comeback solo album, Private Dancer — featuring the smash hit single “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” It was her first U.S. No. 1 single and won her 3 Grammy Awards. At 46, she detailed years of Ike Turner's emotional and physical abuse, including him breaking her jaw, in her memoir, I, Tina. In 1991, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Tina Turner Musical

At 66, She received a Kennedy Center Honor. In October 2008, just shy of turning 69, she launched a tour to mark 50 years since her first recording. In 2013, she married her longtime partner, German record executive Erwin Bach, and became a Swiss citizen. In July 2018, her son, Craig, died by suicide at the age 59. Later that year, in her second memoir, Tina Turner: My Love Story, she revealed that she had nearly died from kidney failure, but her husband saved her life by donating his kidney. In October 2017, she came out of retirement to unveil a musical about her life in London’s West End. Tina - The Tina Turner Musical then debuted on Broadway in November 2019. At 80, she's overcome an abusive marriage, won 12 Grammys, and has been dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

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12/13/2019 12:29 PMupdated: 12/13/2019 3:50 PM

2423 comments

  • Laura E.
    a day

    SIMPLY THE BEST! BETTER THEN ALL THE REST! ❤️🙌🏼❤️

  • Rosemary D.
    a day

    When I first seen the movie 🎥 What’s Love got to do with it. I was sitting there in tears. I was seeing my life on the screen. Everyone in the theater was laughing at the seen where she began to fight back. I was sitting there crying want to hug and meet Tina Turner to say I feel and know your pain. So happy for you. And the joy you are feeling here in your later years. And happiness that was way overdue. Peace 🤎

  • Sabrina B.
    a day

    The only son her and Ike had together named Ronnie was a friend of my boyfriend when I met him. We all moved to Austin from Dallas and had a band house. It was right when her Private Dancer Tour started. I know all kinds of stories from him growing up and other things. Bless her she still made it!

  • Wolf S.
    2 days

    Go Tina go you still got it

  • Lynn R.
    3 days

    My dad, Lavern Bohley, played corner pubs with Tina Turner in St Louis. My dad was a blind, accordion and piano player. Tina, if you remember Lavern— he died in 1967 at age 42... I was 4 years old and do not remember him at all. We have no recordings or videos but I would love to know what all that was like.

  • Janie M.
    3 days

    Simply the best

  • Angie W.
    3 days

    Saw her in the late 80's on the Private Dancer Tour....... AMAZING!!!!!

  • Shannon S.
    3 days

    That's what every person try to become in that line of work but there's only one Tina Turner her songs was good her voice was good but her smile was the best made me smile when I was down and would say keep on rolling

  • Regji D.
    4 days

    Thumbs up 👍🏿 brut

  • Joyce B.
    4 days

    One awesome lady and if she is putting a concert on in your area go

  • Laressa U.
    5 days

    Still the best concert I ever went to. That was in the late 80's in Tulsa ,Oklahoma on Halloween night!!

  • Simmons R.
    6 days

    Love Tina turner she’s an inspiration to woman’s never give up

  • Ralpha P.
    6 days

    Great seeing Tina

  • Ericandliann F.
    6 days

    Real queen

  • Evangeline J.
    6 days

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Glenda D.
    6 days

    Love her! So talented…

  • Lori C.
    6 days

    The most beautiful legs ever 💯 You go Tina 💗💗💗💗😍

  • Gloria S.
    7 days

    Love her❤❤❤❤

  • Joyce E.
    7 days

    She is one heck of a woman! I saw the broadway show a week before it was shut down in December 2021. Fantastic!

  • Graciela F.
    7 days

    Love you Tina 💋💋💋👍my hero!!!!

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