Tina Turner, the American-born “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” died Tuesday at the age of 83.
On Wednesday, a representative for Turner said she passed away peacefully at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, after a long illness. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.
Turner is best known for his dynamic stage presence, powerful pipes and long muscular legs, creating a series of hit records and live shows during the 1960s and 1970s with her then-husband, Ike Turner.
Ike Turner discovered her at the age of 17 when she picked up the mic and sang during his club gig in St. Louis in 1957. He was responsible for her stage name (she was born in 1939 as Anna Mae Bullock) and the two were married in Tijuana, Mexico.
However, her 20-year marriage was also a source of great burden and heartbreak, leaving her battered physically, financially, and emotionally scarred.
As she recounted in her memoirs, I, Tina, Ike began hitting her in the mid-1950s, shortly after they met, and the violence escalated rapidly. She said he was quickly provoked by anyone and everything and would take his anger out on her by strangling her, throwing hot coffee in her face or hitting her until she didn’t. could open her puffy eyes before raping her. Before a performance, he broke her jaw and she walked onto the stage with her mouth covered in blood.
Turner left her husband one night in 1976 while on tour in Dallas – with only a credit card and a few cents in his pocket – after he beat her badly during a car ride and she hit back, according to her memoirs. Their divorce was finalized in 1978.
However, in the aftermath of her divorce, she turned her emotional turmoil and sadness into her career, which made her wildly popular in her 40s – a time when her career of many other entertainers began to falter.
In 1980, she met her new manager Roger Davies, an Australian music executive who had managed her for three decades. That led to a solo No. 1 spot, What does love have to do with it, and then in 1984, her album private dancer bring her to the top of the leaderboard.
private dancer It went on to become Turner’s biggest album, the pinnacle of her career, selling more than 200 million records in total.
Turner is one of the world’s most successful entertainers, known for his core pop, rock and rhythm and blues favorites: Proud Mary, nutbush city limit, Deep River, high mountainand the hits she had in the 80s, among them We don’t need another hero and a cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.
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She has sold over 150 million records worldwide, won 12 Grammy Awards, and was voted alongside Ike to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and her own in 2021).
Turner was one of the first celebrities to speak openly about domestic abuse, becoming a heroine to abused women and a symbol of resilience for all. Ike Turner doesn’t deny mistreating her, though he does try to blame Tina for their troubles. When he passed away in 2007, a representative for his ex-wife said simply: “Tina learns that Ike has passed away.”
She was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey among her admirers. Her life has become the basis for a movie, a Broadway musical and an HBO documentary in 2021 that she calls a public farewell.
In a memoir published in 2018, Tina Turner: My Love StoryShe revealed that she had received a kidney transplant from her second husband, former EMI record label director Erwin Bach.
While her first marriage was an extremely toxic and tainted affair, her relationship with Bach, who was ten years her junior, was a love story she had always hoped for and The two were married in a civil ceremony in Switzerland in 2013.
Turner told the press of her marriage to Back at the time: “It’s the happiness everyone talks about, when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say it. , ‘Everything is good.'”
In 2018, while battling health issues, she faced family tragedy, when her eldest son, Craig, died at the age of 59 in Los Angeles. Her youngest son Ronnie died in December 2022.
She is survived by Bach and two of Ike’s sons, whom she adopted.
— with files from The Associated Press and Reuters
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