Tina Turner Biography

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Over the years, much has changed in the world of popular music, but two facts remain unassailably secure: (a) at it's best, music captures the raw energy and passion of human emotion; and (b) when it comes to injecting energy and passion into a song, nobody does it like Tina Turner.

To legions of fans around the globe, Tina represents the very embodiment of dynamism and enthusiasm, and for good reason: her charismatic presence is matched only by the courageous fortitude of her remarkable life story, a story brought to the big screen in the acclaimed 1993 film "What's Love Got To Do With It," based on Tina's best-selling autobiography.

Ranging from giddy heights to harrowing depths and back again, Tina's personal saga testifies to her artistic passion and strength of character -- and those very attributes continue to fuel her international superstardom today.

Tina's creative energy roars into high gear on "Wildest Dreams," her second Virgin Records album. With inimitable confidence and power, she shines on such standouts as "Whatever You Want," "Missing You," and "Something Beautiful Remains." Of particular note are the Sheryl Crow-penned "All Kinds Of People" and Tina's galvanizing new version of "Unfinished Sympathy," the trip-hop gem originally recorded by Britain's Massive Attack.

Tina's initial rise to stardom with former husband Ike Turner was followed by a dispiriting descent that would have overwhelmed a lesser woman, but only made this one more determined to rescue herself. "I don't have time for bitterness," she says now. "One shouldn't have time for bitterness when you're trying to be successful. Work towards what you want, that's my attitude."

For all of her recent triumphs, the earliest chapters of Tina's life story are filled with abandonment and rejection. She was born in Brownsville, Tennessee in 1939 and raised nearby in the small town of Nutbush. Anna Mae Bullock and her older sister Alline relocated to St. Louis in 1956, after being deserted by their mother and later their father. When Anna first asked the leader of local club favorites the Kings Of Rhythm if she could sing with them, the answer from Ike Turner was a firm "no."

Her persistence eventually paid off: she began working with Turner in 1958, and the two married in 1960. In autumn 1960, when a session singer booked to record Ike's "A Fool In Love" didn't show, Tina stepped in. The song became an R&B smash and a Top 30 crossover pop hit in America, and soon the band was going by a new name: The Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

The duo proceeded to record a string of classics, ranging from '60s anthems "River Deep, Mountain High" (produced by Phil Spector) and "I Can't Believe What You Say" to early '70s smashes such as "I Want To Take You Higher," "Proud Mary," "Come Together," and Tina's self-penned "Nutbush City Limits." During this time, Tina developed a romping, free-wheeling stage persona, belying the agony of her private life as her marriage to Ike violently disintegrated.

By 1976, Ike's emotional and physical abuses became too much. Emboldened by her new-found Buddhist faith and her film success as the Acid Queen in The Who's "Tommy," Tina struck out on her own. Broke, with four kids to support, Tina found herself at the bottom of what seemed an impossible mountain of debts and disinterest from the industry.

Then in 1979, she met Roger Davies, a young Australian manager who had recently relocated to Los Angeles; Davies took the challenge of helping Tina redefine and revamp her career. With Davies' help, Tina rediscovered the rock 'n' roll raunch of her best records, infused it with the intuitive soulfulness she had never lost, and started over again.

A 1981 support slot on the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour led to an invitation from Heaven 17's Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware for Tina to take part in their multi-artist Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume 1. By the end of 1982, Tina had inked a new record deal. British fans led the way for Tina's comeback by making her cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" a Top 5 UK smash at the end of 1983.

And as 1984 dawned, Tina prepared for the release of a new album: "Private Dancer." Propelled by the single "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Private Dancer" went on to attain worldwide sales in excess of 11 million copies, and ushered in an extraordinary catalog of achievements for Tina over the next decade -- achievements made all the sweeter by the rough times which preceded them.

Highlights include a starring role alongside Mel Gibson in "Mad Max: Beyond The Thunderdome"; an incandescent duet with Mick Jagger at Live Aid; a best-selling autobiography, "I Tina," which led to the hit film "What's Love Got To Do With It;" record-breaking concert tours; and recordings and performances with avowed Tina Turner fans such as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, and Mark Knopfler.

The broad-ranging accomplishments underscore Tina's status as one of the consummate performers of our time, whose power and range are still growing even as her career approaches its 40th year. Although she is deeply private person, in her professional life she is one of the world's most widely recognized entertainers: on record and on stage Tina Turner continues to touch millions of fans with the same energy and urgency she has displayed since her teens.

Her life story demonstrates that -- in the face of enormous adversity -- Wildest Dreams can indeed come true.

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Tina Turner, Simply the Best!!!! | Reviewer: Liz kataquapit | 7/21/13

Hi Tina
To me, you are simply the best! I still listen to your music and I never seem to get bored ot it. I espcially like watching your live performances on you tube. I went to your concerts in Toronto and Ottawa. You are the only performer that I went to see twice in my lifetime. I went to see the Rolling Stone just once and I was satisfied with one concert from them but, you, no. I wanted so much to come and see you perform again the last time you were in Toronto in 2009. My friend told me you were spectacular and full of energy at this concert even though at your age at that time. Tina, I admire you and you inspire me in the things you do. I miss reading about you in the social media and magazines but I know you are in your happy place now. Congratulations on your nuptial. Happiness always, Mrs. Bach!!!!

Strong woman | Reviewer: Yolanda | 5/2/13

Ms. Tuner you inspire all women. What courage and determination for success you proved to have in face of the hardest decision to evolve , grow and develop . Your music inspires me ever since I was a child. Hope your happy.

You Are one of my Favorite Role Models! :) | Reviewer: Julian | 3/27/12

I have to say after learning about what u=you went trough I was shocked. I thought that famous people do not have it hard. I was dead wrong. I am appaled that ike would do what he did to you. But your song "Whats Love Got To Do With It" is my all time faorite song. The line who needs a heart when a heart can be broken is what I say about love. I love you for what you do. You look great even to this day. Love you!

Happy To Help! | Reviewer: Lillie Spence | 2/7/12

Mrs. Tina Turner, my husband, Kenneth Hightower, stepped in when Ike, your husband at the time, physically abusing you. THis took place in front of the Dallas Coliseum. He was a wrestler back then at that same place. He said that when he saw you being abused he didn't hesitate to do something about it. Even though he went to jail for that, he said that he would do it all over again. Thank you for paying his bail and getting him out of jail . Thank you for sending him the Christmas cards as often as you did. We have enjoyed you tremendously and glad that God made you strong and courage.

moving on from a abusive man | Reviewer: tracey | 9/25/11

I love your movie watch so many times did not not what to think scared of praying to a strage God and what you went threw mine was 24 years of mental and verbal and physical abuse we act happy in pupic behind close doors it was bad I hide it inside me for years not just that he was bad at cheating it was ok for him to do it but not me... one day I look at you tube and listen to your interview and took that step now I feel good about letting that mean man go and chanted Gongya...

Serenity | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/26/11

Hi Tina,

What an amazing woman you are and a great performer...

I watched your movie whats love got to do with it.. It made me cry several times to see how women go thru so much to be accepted or want to be loved by an abusive spouse or boyfriend.

Unfortanately, I know it all to well, my mother still lives with an abusive husband, and I left an abusive boyfriend.

I pray each day that, my mom gets the strength to leave her abusive husband, she has been with him for over 30 years, which, my heart crys each day she is with him. My siblings and i have tried so many times to encourage her to leave but for some reason she stays with him.

Thanks for letting me share.

Your friend,


domestic violence and how to move on. | Reviewer: flora | 11/17/10

Ms tina turner am really inspired by u and ur song what's luv gat to do wit I really luv so much wishing to c u as well..so many women go through domestic violence n don't kw aw to move on,but u summoned courage to move on cos u av a strong spirit u re gifted n not meant to be wit ike....God has used u as an inspiration to others....I use this as a point of contact to advice women out there who re going thru abuse to pls be empowered to move on and pray for a better life....once again luv u Mrs Tina Bach.....................Flora

ART LASSITER'S DAUGHTER | Reviewer: Lolita Kilgore | 8/10/09

Dear Ms. Tuner: I am Art's oldest daughter and sister to Christine Bleakney. I hope all is well with you and I would love to see you (etard007332003@yahoo.com). You were just in town here not too long ago . . . I thought about coming to see you. Please tell Ike, Jr. I said hello and would love to hear from either one of you. I am an electronic musician and make Drum 'n Bass. I have new music I would love for you to hear and I would love to remix you for house, electronica, drum 'n bass. (I am published). May God Bless you always. You are my hero!!!

moving on | Reviewer: Nahomie Hernandez | 4/17/09

tina I want to thank you for believing in yourself and moving on with your life. you had inspired me and especially my mom. my mom had gone through the same situation you were (except that she isnt a celeb.) but you have inspired my mom not to give up. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!...

tina is the best | Reviewer: gloria | 3/26/09

Tina tuner has been my ideal for over years now and it's amazing how she still have the strength and to dance and the power to do what she do i'm very proud of Tina and i thank god for giving tina to us and the strength and love to us all i myself do Tina tuner act at a keraoke club one only thing is finding tina's wig o well i love you tina and i be a fan as long as it takes tina you are the best

im researching you for shool =]........ | Reviewer: justina | 3/10/09

hi i am 14 yrs old and i am doin a report on tina turner for our donegal school !!!
i happen to come across this page and wanted to say after reading and learning about you, tina turner, ive come to being inspired by you !!!!! =]
thnx for all u have done fo me..........and others =]

Energetic | Reviewer: phillipwilliams | 3/5/09

I love you Ms.Tina Turner. Everytime I see you,you make me want to get up and sing and dance. You are my idol. You are the most energetic in your music. You put a lot into it. I would love to meet you. God Bless and luv you.

I love and miss you | Reviewer: christine bleakney | 1/28/09

I love you god mother with all my heart, I am so happy that ike is finally out of your life.dad would tell me awful things, and I felt so angry towards him. You are such a strong person and please do not forget all the people that really love you!... Your loving god daughter christine "lassiter" Bleakney it's about time to get together soon!

salutes to you tina | Reviewer: deepaklegal@gmail.com | 6/29/08

I have been great fan of your Tina. I particularly like your song 'what love has got to do'......But when I read your biography.....i.e. how much you struggled in your life and made this.....whatever you are today is amazing........more importantly you have been able to comeback in your life....on track after getting derailed by your husband........When I listen your songs, I feel if they are generating something inside me.

Hats off to you Tina!!

New Delhi

I salute you Tina | Reviewer: deepak Tiwari | 6/29/08

I really salute you Tina.

I have been great fan of your Tina. I particularly like your song 'what love has got to do'......But when I read your biography.....i.e. how much you struggled in your life and made this.....whatever you are today is amazing........more importantly you have been able to comeback in your life....on track after getting derailed by your husband........When I listen your songs, I feel if they are generating something inside me.

Hats off to you Tina!!

New Delhi

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