Happy birthday Tina Turner!
Tina Turner (born November 26, 1939) is an American R&B singer, dancer, actress, and author. She got her start singing with Ike Turner, but went on to have an extremely successful solo career. Some of her best known hits include "Proud Mary," "Let's Stay Together," and "What's Love Got to Do with It."
Turner was born in Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee to Zelma Priscilla and Floyd Richard Bullock. Her parents were sharecroppers who left Turner and her sister to be raised by their grandmother early on. As a child, Turner sang in Nutbush's Spring Hill Baptist Church. After her grandmother died, Turner moved to St. Louis, Missouri to be with her mother. Soon after she arrived, she became interested in the local R&B scene, frequenting Club Manhattan.
It was at Club Manhattan that, in 1956, she met Ike Turner, the man who go on to become her husband and long-term musical partner. She joined his group Kings of Rhythm for a recording ("A Fool in Love") and before long, the two were touring together as the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
The two built their reputation on an impressive stage presence. Until 1965, other than their original hit, the Turners' reputation grew almost entirely as a result of their live performances.
In 1965, famed producer Phil Spector saw Ike and Tina Turner perform in Los Angeles, and followed by offering Ike Turner $20,000 in advance not to record. Before long, the two recorded "River Deep - Mountain High," which became a hit in Europe, though it did not receive much attention in the United States.
The Turners went on to produce the albums Outta Season (1968) and The Hunter (1969), the latter earning Tina Turner a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
They reached a new height after performing as the opening act for The Rolling Stones. Soon after, Tina Turner became first woman to appear on the cover of the magazine Rolling Stone.
Their popularity continued into the 1970s. Some of their hits included "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits." In 1975, Turner made her film debut, appearing as the Acid Queen in the rock musical Tommy. However, the 1970s marked the beginning of the deterioration of Ike and Tina's marriage as well as their professional partnership. By 1978, they were officially divorced.
Tina Turner's career hit a low point when she was performing at low-profile venues and even cleaning houses. However, she made a comeback in 1983 with a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." She followed with her first solo album, Private Dancer (1984), which featured the hits "Better Be Good to Me" and "What's Love Got to Do with It." The latter climbed to the top of Billboard's Hot 100. The album sold eleven million copies worldwide.
Turner also returned to the screen in 1985 in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, starring opposite Mel Gibson.
Turner followed with the albums Break Every Rule (1986) and Tina Live in Europe (1988), which won the Grammy for Female Rock Vocal Performance. Finally, Foreign Affair (1989) outdid even Private Dancer in sales.
The 1990s saw Turner release Wildest Dreams (1996) and Twenty Four Seven (1999).
After serving time for drug possession, Ike Turner died of an overdose in 2007.
Tina Turner still makes occasional performances, although she is mostly retired. She lives in Zurich, Switzerland. In July, 2013, Turner married her longtime partner, German record executive Erwin Bach.
- Birthday Date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014