Tina Turner

American-born singer (1939–2023)

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) was an American-born Swiss singer-songwriter, actress, dancer and entertainer. Her success, dominance, popularity and consistent contributions to the rock music genre got her the title, "The Queen of Rock & Roll".[1][2][3][4]

Tina Turner
Turner performing in 2009
Turner performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAnna Mae Bullock
Also known asTina Turner
Born(1939-11-26)November 26, 1939
Brownsville, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedMay 24, 2023(2023-05-24) (aged 83)
Küsnacht, Switzerland
GenresR&B, soul, rock 'n' roll, pop, rock, dance
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress
Years active1958–2023
LabelsCapitol, EMI, Parlophone, Virgin

She is known worldwide for her overpowering and energetic stage presence,[2] powerful vocals, ground-breaking concerts[5] as well as for her long, well-proportioned legs that are considered the most famous in show business.[5][6]

Childhood life change

Anna Mae Bullock was born on November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three daughters of Floyd Richard Bullock and his wife Zelma Priscilla (née Currie). Her sisters are Evelyn Juanita Currie and Ruby Alline Bullock, a songwriter. She was also the first cousin once removed of bluesman Eugene Bridges. As young children, the three sisters were separated when their parents relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work at a defense facility during World War II.

Music career change

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".

Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song "What's Love Got to Do with It", which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Turner has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards during her career.

She retired from singing in 2009 after completing her "Tina: 50th Anniversary Tour".

Personal life change

Turner lived in a lake house Château Algonquin in Küsnacht, near to Zürich, since 1994.[7][8][9] She was a Buddhist.[10]

In April 2013, Turner became a Swiss citizen and renounced her American citizenship.[11][12]

In 2013, three weeks after her wedding to Erwin Bach, she suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Turner used homeopathic remedies to treat her high blood pressure but caused kidney failure. Her chances of receiving a kidney were low, and she was urged to start dialysis. Turner wanted to commit assisted suicide, but her husband donated his kidney in April 2017.[13][14]

Death and legacy change

Turner died on May 24, 2023 at the age of 83 at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland after a long illness.[15][16][17]

She was listed on Rolling Stone's list The Immortals – The Greatest Artists of All Time. Turner is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee,[18] and she is also represented in the Grammy Hall of Fame by two of her recordings: "River Deep - Mountain High" (1999) and "Proud Mary" (2003).[19] Turner won eight Grammy Awards.[20]

References change

  1. Rafferty, Terrence (2008-07-27). "Tina Turner: Queen of Rock 'n' Roll". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wolman, Baron. "Gallery of The Popular Image". San Francisco Art Exchange. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  3. "Tina Turner: Queen of Rock 'n' Roll (1984)". New York Times. 10 March 2022. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  4. "Tina Turner on Stage". San Francisco Art Exchange. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://tinaturner-fanclub.com/ Archived 2008-12-05 at the Wayback Machine Tina Turner International fanclub: Biography
  6. "President Welcomes Kennedy Center Honorees to the White House". Whitehouse.gov. 2005-12-04. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  7. "Dreams Come True". The Oprah Winfrey Show. February 24, 2005.
  8. "Biography". International Tina Turner Fan Club. 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  9. "Ike and Tina Turner Marriage Profile". About.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  10. Nichiren Buddhism
  11. Fabian Zürcher (April 23, 2013). "Hier besorgt sich Tina Turner den Schweizer Pass". Blick. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  12. "Tina Turner Renounces U.S. Citizenship for Swiss". Atlanta Black Star. January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  13. Kelly, Emma (October 6, 2018). "Tina Turner considered assisted suicide before husband donated his kidney to her". Metro.
  14. Runtagh, Jordan (October 5, 2018). "Tina Turner Reveals She Underwent a Life-Saving Kidney Transplant — and Husband Was the Donor". People.
  15. "Tina Turner, 'Queen of Rock n Roll', dies aged 83". Sky News. Retrieved 2023-05-24.
  16. "Tina Turner: Music legend dies at 83". May 24, 2023. Retrieved May 24, 2023 – via BBC News.
  17. Davidson, Mike (May 24, 2023). "'Queen of rock 'n' roll' Tina Turner dies at 83". Reuters.
  18. "Ike and Tina Turner". Rockhall.com. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  19. "Grammy Hall of Fame Award:Past Recipients". The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  20. https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/tina-turner