Introduction and Early Life:
Tina Turner is an American singer, dancer and actress. A central figure in popular music for more than five decades and nicknamed the “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, she is often cited by music critics as the most important female soul singer ever.
Born “Anna Mae Bullock” in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner’s family relocated to St. Louis when she was 16 years old. She attended Sumner High School. As a teenager, Turner frequently visited music clubs in East St. Louis with her friends.
Career and Musical Achievements:
Tina Turner became a huge fan of Ike Turner, the lead singer of the Kings of Rhythm. One evening at the Club Manhattan in 1956, Turner did an impromptu performance for Ike, who was quite impressed by Tina’s voice and charisma.
Tina was selected as the featured singer in Ike’s band when she was only seventeen years old. Ike and Tina subsequently began a turbulent twenty-year personal and professional relationship. Their first hit, “A Fool in Love”, was released in 1960. The couple got married in 1962. For the next seventeen years, they enjoyed a huge commercial and critical success.
Turner’s strong voice and raw sex appeal turned huge crowds into enthusiastic fans. A few of their biggest hits at that time included “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limits”. Ike and Turner even opened for The Rolling Stones in 1962.
Tina divorced Ike in 1969 citing domestic violence and spousal abuse. After that, she rode a roller coaster of success with a remarkable solo career. She appeared in the film version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy and the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
One of the best-selling music artists in history, Turner has sold more than 100 million records across the world.
Awards and Accolades:
Tina Turner received three Grammy awards in 1984, including Record of the Year for “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” An recipient of overall eight Grammy Awards, she was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.