Tina Turner - Biography
Tina Turner on
the cover of her 1991 compilation album Simply the Best
Tina Turner (born Anna
Mae Bullock in Nutbush,
Tennessee, November 26, 1939) is an African American/Native
American, R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional
actress. She is best known for her scorching performances with
The Ike and Tina Turner Revue during the 1960s and 1970s, and
for her remarkable solo comeback in the mid-1980s.
Tina Turner is noted for her
overpowering stage presence -- long legs, big hair, and powerful
voice. She was discovered by Ike Turner, a noted pioneer of rock and
roll, whom she later married. She began as an occasional vocalist in
his show at the age of 18, but within a couple of years she not only
had a new name, but was the spotlight of a popular soul revue led by
Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm.
Ike and Tina Turner recorded a
number of hits in the 1960s, including "A Fool In Love", "It's Gonna
Work out Fine", and the legendary "River Deep, Mountain High" (with
producer Phil Spector). Their signature hit became their frantic
rendition of "Proud Mary" (1971).
Ike's increasingly abusive behavior
led Tina to abruptly leave him in 1976. She credits her newfound
Buddhist faith with giving her the courage to strike out on her own.
Around this time, she appeared solo in a memorable cameo as the Acid
Queen in the film of The Who's Tommy rock opera. Tina
finalized her divorce in 1978 after 18 years of marriage, accusing
Turner of years of severe spousal abuse and rampant drug addiction
in her autobiography I, Tina, which was later made into the
film What's Love Got to Do with It. To put the marriage (and
Ike) behind her, Tina left the marriage with no money or property,
asking for and retaining only the use of the stage name Ike had
She began touring extensively to
pay the bills and released several solo albums in the 1970s, but her
career stalled until teaming with BEF for a remake of The
Temptations' "Ball of Confusion", which drew the attention of
Capitol Records. The 1984 album Private Dancer had three top
ten singles: "What's Love Got to Do with It", the title track, and
"Better Be Good To Me".
In 1985, she appeared as Aunty
Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with Mel Gibson, and
scored another hit with the movie's theme song, "We Don't Need
She led several extensive world
tours in the 1980s and 1990's and released several more successful
During the early 1990's, her song,
"Simply the Best" had become the theme song and anthem of Rugby
League in Australia. The advertising campaign brought a lot of
interest to the game, and the campaign reached a height when Turner
appeared at and performed the song at the 1993 ARL Grand Final. A
Rugby League version of the songs video clip was also released
around the same time, which was in the top ten videos in Australia
for a long time as well.
In 1995, she recorded the title
theme of the James Bond movie GoldenEye.
Her last world tour, which ended in
2000, was a sell out.
Tina has two natural sons (one is
Ike's, the other from a previous relationship with a musician from
the Kings of Rhythm). She also raised Ike's two sons from his
She gained great popularity
throughout Europe and moved there permanently in 1986 to share a
home with Erwin Bach, a German-born EMI record company executive 16
years her junior. In addition to a lakeshore home on the
Goldküste, the most exclusive district of Zurich, Switzerland,
Turner has an estate in France at Villefranche-sur-Mer, a small town
about 4 miles (6km) east of the city of Nice. Her home there sits
atop Mont Vinaigrier, overlooking
the Mediterranean Sea.
Now semi-retired, she teamed up
with Phil Collins to record a song for the Disney film Brother
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