Tina Turner is celebrating 81 years of a life full of success, fame and pain. With an overwhelming personality on stage capable of transmitting supersonic energy with the movements of her powerful legs, she also had to face, behind the stage, stormy situations under the courage of someone who felt worthy of living.
Anna Mae Bullock was born in Tennessee on 26 November 1939. When she was 10 years old, her parents separated and her mother left home because of her father’s abuse. So, she and her sister Alline moved in with her grandmother where they grew up until she passed away, that’s when they were reunited with their mother in St. Louis. There, the teenager began to frequent R&B clubs. On one of those occasions, she visited the Manhattan Club where she met Ike Turner, the man who would mark a turbulent period in the singer’s life. He offered her to perform there with a group of musicians, thus Anna began her artistic career.
After recording a demo for Ike to present to a record label and show his skills as a producer, the stage name Ike and Tina Turner Revue was born. This meant the beginning of a staring duo, while a traumatic personal life in which Tina had to endure Ike’s denigrating abuses and whims, until, in 1976, she decided to leave him with the job and 36 cents in her pocket in search of freedom. Although that moment marked the beginning of a difficult road in which he suffered intimidation and reprisals, after signing the divorce four years later, he was able to rebuild his musical career.
In the early 1980s she was signed by Capitol Records, the production company with which she premiered the single “What’s Love Gotto Do WithIt”, which remained at number one for three weeks and was included on the 1984 album Private Dancer. He sold 25 million copies worldwide and triggered the recognition he deserved as a soloist. Tina won four Grammy Awards, one VMA and two American Music Awards.
Break every rule (1986) was the next album that led to a fourteen-month tour. In 1988 she released Live in Europe, an album that brings together collaborations with Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Bryan Adams and blues singer Robert Cray. A year later he launched Foreign Affair which garnered new million-dollar sales.
The 1990s were marked by world tours that raised millions of dollars. In 1991 she was in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Finally, in 2000 he retired from the stage, although he will give the audience some TV appearances, an unexpected tour in 2009 and collaborate on some songs with other musical artists.
From Proud Mary, the mythical River Deep-Mountain High, The Acid Queen to The Best have been authentic soundtracks that have accompanied many lives, have been the object of all kinds of reinterpretations – from improvised karaoke to renowned stages – and have occupied privileged positions in the great success rankings.
In 2018 he received an honorary Grammy for his long and intense career. She currently lives in retirement at her residence in Switzerland with her husband Erwin Bach. Away from the spotlight and, after the pain of losing her first child, Raymond Craig, she enjoys a freedom she gave up for a while.
The image of Tina Turner balancing fringed skirts with the speed of a spinning top and stepping onto the stage with a titanic personality is unforgettable. She reunited the foundations of her career and as she once stated: “I had to make my own way. Always, from the beginning. I had to go out into the world and become stronger to discover my mission in life”.
A true musical legend to which the industry will always pay tribute.