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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 November 1939Nutbush, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameAnna Mae Bullock
Nicknames The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll
The Burner
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Born to a sharecropping family in the segregated South, Anna Mae Bullock and her elder sister were abandoned by their sparring parents early on. After her grandmother's death, she eventually moved to St. Louis, Missouri to reunite with her mother. This opened up a whole new world of R&B nightclubs to the precocious 16-year-old. Called up to sing on-stage with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm in 1956, she displayed a natural talent for performing which the band leader was keen to develop. Soon, Anna Mae's aspirations of a nursing career were forgotten and she began to hang around with the group. When the singer booked to record "A Fool in Love" failed to turn up for the session, Ike drafted in Anna Mae to provide the vocal with the intention of removing it later. However, once he heard her spine-tingling performance of the song, he soon changed his plans. He changed her name to Tina Turner and when the record became a hit, Tina became a permanent fixture in Ike's band and his quest for international stardom. One thing led to another: they were married in Mexico between the births of Tina's two sons - the first a result of an earlier relationship with a musician, the second with Ike.

Before too long the Ike and Tina Turner Revue was tearing up large and small R&B and soul venues throughout the early and mid-1960s. The hits were relatively few, but the unsurpassed energy and excitement generated by the live stage show (read: Tina) made the Revue a solid touring act, along with the likes of James Brown and Ray Charles. Their greatest attempt to "cross over" came in 1966 with the historic recording of the Phil Spector production, "River Deep, Mountain High". While it was a commercial flop in the United States, it was a monster hit in Europe - and the start of Tina's European superstar status, which never faded during her long stint of relative obscurity in America in the late 1970s. The Revue entered that decade as a top touring and recording act, with Tina becoming more and more recognized as the star power behind the group's international success. Ike, while having been justly described as an excellent musician, a shrewd businessman and the initial "brains" behind the Revue, was also described (by Tina and others) as a violent, drug-addicted wife-beater who was not above frequently knocking Tina (and other women) around both publicly and privately. Despite hits such as "Proud Mary" and Tina's self-penned "Nutbush City Limits", further mainstream success eluded the group and Ike blamed Tina. After years of misery and a failed suicide attempt, Tina finally had enough in July 1976, when she fled the marriage (and the Revue) with the now-famous 36 cents and a Mobil gasoline credit card.

Tina, now nearing 40, endured a long and, at times, humiliating trek back to superstardom through working many substandard gigs and performing a repertoire of current Top 40 hits and old Ike & Tina tunes in hotel ballrooms and supper clubs. She now admits she was having the time of her life at this point, simply putting together her own show and performing. She refused to wrangle for a settlement from the divorce, despite being in huge debt to all the tour promoters she had let down by fleeing the Revue. After an appearance on Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights (1980), Tina - in a wise business move - persuaded Newton-John's management team to take her on. With Roger Davies at her side, Tina's profile began to rise, and performances alongside the likes of Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones introduced her to the rock market she so wanted to pursue.

The European release of her cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" in 1983 was a major turning point in Tina's career. The record hit #6 in the British chart and Capitol Records were soon demanding a full album. "Private Dancer" was hurriedly produced in England in two weeks flat. The rest is rock and roll history. The next single - "What's Love Got to Do with It?" - became Tina's first #1 single the following year and the album hung around the Top 10 for months, spawning two further hits. At the 1985 Grammy Awards, her astonishing comeback was recognized with nominations in the rock, R&B and pop categories and rewarded with four trophies. Since that time, the successes have just kept coming: a starring role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985); duets with Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger amongst others; several sell-out world tours; a string of hit albums and awards; a bestselling autobiography, "I, Tina"; and the blockbuster biopic What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) chronicling her life.

After her "Twenty Four Seven Millenium Tour" in 2000, Tina announced she would retire from the concert stage, but continue to record and play live on a smaller scale. Four years later, at age 65, she released a career retrospective entitled "All the Best" featuring new recordings, and reached #2 in the American album chart, her highest ever placing for an album there. She ended 2005 as one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, the highest form of recognition of excellence in the arts in America. Despite changing the direction of her working life, she will always be remembered as a dynamic live performer and recording artist, able to thrill audiences like no other woman in music history. Tina Turner is the undisputed Queen of Rock and Roll.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Erwin Bach (4 July 2013 - present)
Ike Turner (26 November 1962 - 29 March 1978) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Legs, lips and hair
Powerful sultry voice

Trivia (40)

World's most successful female rock artist ever. Record sales: over 60 million (1983-1999). Has sold more concert tickets than any other female performer in history. Seven-time Grammy Award-winner.
(January 28, 1985) Took part in the USA for Africa recording of "We Are the World".
Turned down a role in the comedy-drama film Thelma & Louise (1991).
Tina was with Ike for 20 years, but she was only married to him for 16 years (she does not count the two years it took for the divorce to become final as part of her marriage).
Mother of Ronnie Turner and Craig Turner.
Turned down the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985), which eventually went to Margaret Avery.
Had the biggest-grossing concert tour of North America in 2000. However, due to lower ticket prices, *NSync sold more tickets than Tina.
Because of the frequent beatings she received from her former husband Ike Turner, she had to have reconstructive surgery on her nose.
Rapper Fat Joe sampled a lyric from the chorus of Tina's 1984 hit "What's Love Got to Do with It?" which was used in "What's Luv?", his hit single featuring Ashanti.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Ike Turner) and the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1991.
Angela Bassett (playing Tina Turner) mimed to Tina's voice when performing the musical numbers in the film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
She was voted the 61st Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Joint winner (with Ike Turner) of a Grammy Award for 'Best R&B Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental' for "Proud Mary".
Winner of a Grammy Award for 'Best Female Rock Vocal Performance' for "One of the Living".
Winner of a Grammy Award for 'Best Female Rock Vocal Performance' for "Back Where You Started".
Winner of a Grammy Award for 'Best Female Rock Vocal Performance' for "Live in Europe".
Joint winner (with Terry Britten) of a Grammy Award for 'Record of the Year' for "What's Love Got to Do with It?". [February 1985]
Winner of a Grammy Award for 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' for "What's Love Got to Do with It?". [February 1985]
Winner of a Grammy Award for 'Best Female Rock Vocal Performance' for "Better Be Good to Me". [February 1985]
Rapper Warren G., along with Adina Howard, covered her Grammy-winning hit song "What's Love Got to Do with It?" for the soundtrack of Supercop (1992).
(October 7, 1999) Received the Lifetime Achievement prize at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
(1994-present) Living in Zurich, Switzerland.
Ranked #2 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Ranked #6 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
(December 3, 2005) Recipient of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients were Robert Redford, Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell and Julie Harris.
(February 20, 2006) "Teach Me Again", her duet with Elisa, from the soundtrack of All the Invisible Children (2005), enters the Italian singles chart at Number 1.
Is portrayed by Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
Is featured in the book "Face Forward", by the late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.
Ranked #80 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
Grew up believing she had significant Native American ancestry but a DNA test presented on African American Lives 2 (2008) showed she was only 1% Native American and 33% European.
Oscar winning director Vincente Minnelli wanted Tina to star in a potential biopic of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in 1974 but the project never came to fruition.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
One of her favorite films was Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), so she was particularly thrilled to be cast as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
Mother-in-law of Lesly Mess, French model and singer (also known as Afida Messai, and now Afida Turner).
When she was 14 years old, her oldest sister and cousin were both killed in an automobile accident in Ripley, Tennessee.
Songwriter Holly Knight wrote "(Simply) the Best" (1989) with British pop singer Paul Young in mind. However, when Young passed on the offer, Tina recorded the song after adding a bridge and key change, and it became one of her most high profile signature tunes.
Was in a relationship with Raymond Hill from 1957 to 1958. They have a son together.
Gave birth to her first child at age 19, a son Craig Turner on August 29, 1958. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Raymond Hill.
Gave birth to her second child at age 34, a son Ronnie Turner on July 24, 1974. Child's father is her now late ex-first husband, Ike Turner.
(July 15, 2013) Married for the second time her boyfriend of 27 years Erwin Bach.

Personal Quotes (8)

I'm the only person left doing the kind of work that I do.
I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!
Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything... whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.
This is what I want in heaven... words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.
There comes a point where it is just undignified to be a rock 'n' roll star.
Physical strength in a woman -- that's what I am.
[commenting on Mick Jagger] Mick is just naughty, you know? The first time I ever went onstage with him, he tried to nudge the microphone in my crotch. He's like a bad boy in school. That's why the Stones are like boys to me, because I've raised sons. When you raise boys, you know how they play. With Mick, you always have to be on guard, because you never know what he's going to do. But Mick is like a brother. It wasn't as if some guy pulled off my skirt; it was like this boy I knew did it.
I don't hate myself anymore. I used to hate my work, hated that sexy image, hated those pictures of me onstage, hated that big raunchy person. Onstage, I'm acting the whole time I'm there. As soon as I get out of those songs, I'm Tina again.

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