A musical great has passed away. The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner, has d!ed. She was 83 years old.
Turner d!ed quietly on Wednesday after a protracted illness in her home in Küsnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland. Turner’s official Instagram account confirmed the awful news as well.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” the statement read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
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The renowned performer, born Anna Mae Bullock, started after coming to St. Louis when she was 16 years old. She became immersed in the music scene there and met her future husband, Ike Turner.
Ike changed Tina’s name to Tina Turner when her recording of “A Fool in Love” became an instant smash, and she became the lead vocalist for what became known as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Tina and Ike married in 1962 and went on to have a big success with classics like “Proud Mary” and “Get Back.” But Ike was physically hostile to Tina throughout their relationship, and she said he broke her jaw once.
He had complete control over their finances and had trademarked Tina’s name, so she had no access to her own earnings.
Tina eventually filed for divorce in 1976, opting not to battle for their joint assets other than the rights to her stage name. After signing with Capitol Records, she released several famous songs, including her iconic 1984 album, Private Dancer. In 1985, the single “What’s Love Got to Do With It” received the GRAMMY for Record of the Year.
Tina won eight GRAMMYs, three GRAMMY Hall of Fame Awards, and the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for her nine full-length studio albums.
She performed at the Super Bowl halftime concert, got a Kennedy Center Honor for her cultural contributions, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once with Ike in 1991 and again in 2021, just weeks before her 82nd birthday.
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“Two-time Inductee Tina Turner worked tirelessly to reimagine the role of a Black woman in rock and roll – one firmly placed front and center.”
“During her time in the duo Ike and Tina Turner (inducted in 1991), her electric onstage presence forever raised the bar for live performance,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said.
“Their hits ‘River Deep-Mountain High’ and ‘Proud Mary’ are still popular today.” But this Queen of Rock & Roll made music history again with her solo career and bravery in revealing her life story as a book, film, and Broadway musical. Nothing her rich, strong voice couldn’t do, as seen by solo songs like ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It and ‘Private Dancer.”
She launched her farewell tour in 2008, after an eight-year hiatus from the public spotlight for some well-deserved rest. The 50th Anniversary Tour kicked off in October 2008 and ended in May 2009, with 84 sold-out shows in North America and Europe.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, a Broadway bio-musical, premiered at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City in 2019. Tina traced her journey from humble origins in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the legend she is today by daring to challenge the limitations of her age, gender, and race.
Tina was played onstage by Broadway and TV actress Adrienne Warren, who originated the part in the West End production.
At opening night’s curtain call, Tina grabbed the stage to greet her supporters and commend the event. “This musical is my life, but it’s like po!son turned into medicine,” the singer told the audience, adding, “I can never be as happy as I am now.”
Love returned to the singer soon after her divorce. Tina met Erwin Bach, a German music executive dispatched by her European record label to meet her at Düsseldorf Airport in 1986. After dαting for over two decades, the couple married in a civil ceremony in July 2013.
Tina’s adopted sons, Michael and Ike Jr. survive her. Her sons, Ronnie Turner and Craig Turner, d!ed in December 2022 and July 2018, respectively.
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