Tina Turner dies at 83 after ‘Long Illness’

MAY 24 – One of rock and soul music’s greatest icons and comeback stories — has died, leaving a seven-decade legacy that blazed a trail for divas like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan and Annie Lennox. In a statement released Wednesday, her representative announced: “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll,’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

U.S. singer Tina Turner poses at the red carpet ceremony before the Giorgio Armani One Night Only in Beijing fashion show at the 798 Art Zone in Beijing, China, 31 May 2012.

The 12-time Grammy winner, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and fiery, gritty voice of classics like “River Deep — Mountain High,” “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Better Be Good to Me,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” and the fittingly titled “The Best” had suffered various health issues in recent years, including a debilitating stroke in 2013, intestinal cancer in 2016 and a kidney transplant in 2017.

Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on Nov. 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tenn., and she began singing at age 11 in Nutbush’s Spring Hill Baptist Church choir. She launched her music career in her late teens, after meeting her future husband, bandleader Ike Turner, at the Manhattan Club in East St. Louis. She was asked to officially join Ike’s group, the Kings of Rhythm, after grabbing the microphone during an intermission and impressing Ike with her impromptu performance of B.B. King’s “You Know I Love You.” Her first recording, where she was billed as Little Ann, was the Kings of Rhythm’s 1958 single “Boxtop.” She later changed her stage name to Tina, which rhymed with “Sheena,” upon Ike’s suggestion; the name was inspired by the comic book character Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, which influenced her wild, vibrant onstage persona.

The singer’s first release as Tina Turner was 1960’s “A Fool in Love,” which went to No. 2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by the Ike & Tina Turner Revue hits “I Idolize You,” “Poor Fool,” “Tra La La La La” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” the last earning a Grammy nomination for Best Rock and Roll Performance. Through constant touring and Chitlin’ Circuit gigs, the Ike & Tina Turner Revue quickly developed a reputation for being architects of early rock ’n’ roll and one of the most dynamic live acts in R&B.

Ike & Tina began a nearly decade-long streak of mainstream success in 1966 when they signed to Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector’s Philles label and released the stupendous international smash “River Deep — Mountain High,” which Spector considered to be his finest work. A year later, Tina became the first female artist, as well as the first Black artist, to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. A headlining Vegas residency and tour with the Rolling Stones followed, and in 1971, Ike & Tina’s cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” became their biggest U.S. hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than 1 million copies, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and arguably becoming more iconic than the CCR original.

Tina achieved great critical and commercial success as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and had two of their singles, “River Deep — Mountain High” and “Proud Mary,” entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. However, Ike, who Tina had begun dating in 1960 and married in 1962, was famously abusive, unfaithful and addicted to cocaine — a situation that led Tina to attempt suicide in 1968. She finally left Ike in 1976 after they got into a violent altercation in a car in Dallas, with Tina fleeing the scene with only 36 cents in her pocket. After Ike and Tina’s divorce was finalized in 1978, many industry pundits (and Ike himself) believed her career was over, but Tina, who at that point was nearly 40, instead orchestrated one of the most spectacular comebacks in pop history.

Tina’s many other accolades and honors include a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, three American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award, an Essence Award, two World Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Kennedy Center Honor and inductions into the Soul Music Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. She is survived by Bach and two sons, Ike Turner Jr. and Michael Turner.


SOURCE: Yahoo Entertainment


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