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Tina Turner died on May 24, 2023, at the age of 83. She had been battling cancer for several years, and she died peacefully in her sleep. Turner was a legendary singer and performer, and she will be remembered for her incredible talent, her strength, and her resilience.
Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) was an American-born Swiss singer.[a] Known as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll", she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.
She was noted for her "swagger, sensuality, powerful gravelly vocals and unstoppable energy", along with her well publicized history with ex-husband Ike Turner and her famous legs. Turner began her career with Ike Turner's band Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, "Boxtop", in 1958. In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the hit duet single "A Fool in Love". The duo Ike & Tina Turner became "one of the most formidable live acts in history". They released hits such as "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary", and "Nutbush City Limits", before disbanding in 1976. In the 1980s, Turner launched "one of the greatest comebacks in music history". Her 1984 multi-platinumalbum Private Dancer contained the hit song "What's Love Got to Do with It", which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Aged 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100.
Ike Turner: Tina Turner was married to Ike Turner from 1962 to 1978. They were a successful musical duo, but their relationship was also marked by abuse. Turner has said that Ike was physically and emotionally abusive, and that she lived in fear of him. She eventually left him in 1976 after a particularly violent incident.
Bach: Tina Turner met Erwin Bach in 1985. He was a German music executive, and he was assigned to pick her up from the airport in Munich. Turner was immediately smitten with him, and they began dating shortly after. Bach was everything that Ike was not: he was kind, gentle, and supportive. He helped Turner to heal from her past and to rebuild her life.
Marriage: Tina Turner and Erwin Bach were married in 2013. They had a small ceremony in Switzerland, and they were surrounded by close friends and family. Turner was 73 years old at the time of her wedding, and Bach was 57.
Retirement: Tina Turner retired from performing in 2009. She had been a successful singer and performer for over 50 years, and she decided to step away from the spotlight to focus on her family and her personal life.
Turner's music was a force of nature. Her voice was raw, powerful, and soulful. She could belt out a bluesy ballad or a rock anthem with equal ease. Her live performances were legendary. She was known for her energetic dancing, her infectious smile, and her unshakable confidence.
Turner's personal life was often turbulent, but she never gave up. She was a survivor. She overcame her abusive marriage and built a new life for herself. She became a successful solo artist, a Grammy Award winner, and a global icon.
Tina Turner was a true inspiration. She showed the world that anything is possible if you never give up. She was a force for good, and she will be remembered for her incredible talent, her strength, and her resilience.
Here are some of Tina Turner's most notable accomplishments:
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of Ike & Tina Turner and once as a solo artist.
She won eight Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
She sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
She was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.
Tina Turner was a true icon. She was a force of nature, a survivor, and an inspiration to us all. She will be remembered for her incredible talent, her strength, and her resilience.
Biden calls Tina Turner "a once-in-a-generation talent”
From CNN's DJ Judd
President Joe Biden offered condolences on the death of global music icon Tina Turner, calling the late musician “a once-in-a-generation talent that changed American music forever.” “Before she was the Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner was a farmer’s daughter in Tennessee. As a child, she sang in the church choir before becoming one of the most successful recording artists of all time,” he wrote in a statement Wednesday. “We send our love and prayers to her husband Erwin, the rest of the Turner family, and fans around the world who are mourning today for the woman they agree was ‘simply the best.’"
Her chart success continued with "Better Be Good to Me", "Private Dancer", "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", "Typical Male", "The Best", "I Don't Wanna Fight", and "GoldenEye". During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.
Turner also acted in the films Tommy (1975) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In 1986, she published her autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, which was adapted for the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do with It. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th-highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of Tina, a jukebox musical.
Turner has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and three Grammy Hall of Fame inductions. She was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.
Oprah~~I started out as a fan of Tina Turner, then a full-on groupie, following her from show to show around the country, and then, eventually, we became real friends. She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life. She was a role model not only for me but for the world. She encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed.
Once she claimed her freedom from years of domestic abuse, her life became a clarion call for triumph. I’m grateful for her courage, for showing us what victory looks like wearing Manolo’s and a leather miniskirt. She once shared with me that when her time came to leave this earth, she would not be afraid, but excited and curious, because she had learned how to LIVE.
I am a better woman, a better human, because her life touched mine. She was indeed simply the best.
@MickJagger I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.
@MagicJohnson Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time, the legendary queen of rock n’ roll Tina Turner. I’ve seen her many many times and hands down, she gave one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. She always gave you your moneys worth.