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Friday, August 25, 2006

The Queen Of Rock 'n' Roll




Everyone knows that Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll hands down, but that didn't just happen overnight. She worked her way from being a shy, poor southern girl to a Rock'n'Roll legend.
Here is her story.


Tina Turner was born, Anna Mae Bullock. On November 26,1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee. Her mother and older sister left her at a very young age to be raised by her grandmother in Nutbush because of the physical abuse her father put her mother through. In 1956, at the age of 16, her grandmother died and she went to live with her mother and sister in St. Louis. This is where she was introduced to R&B or better yet Ike Turner's 'Kings of Rhythm'. Soon after, she left her gospel roots behind for R&B and even got on stage and sang with Ike and the band. He noticed her incredible, powerful voice. As time passed they became inseparable. She stared to sing with Ike and the band. They recorded "A Fool In Love" and when that came to be a hit, Ike encouraged her to change her name from Anna Mae to Tina Turner. Tina and Ike then got married in Mexico in between the births of her two sons. Ike was already a father of two from a previous relationship.

Soon they were onto their next hit in the mid-1960's. Their music wasn't getting off of the small R&B charts so they decided to step it up. That's when they started to go on touring acts which included Ray Charles and James Brown. They also had several hits in the 70's, along with an incredible cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Rolling on the River' featuring Tina's 'We never, ever do nothing nice and easy' intro.

Tina finally made her cross-over in 1966, with "River Deep, Moutain high". Produced by Phil Spectre, this was the first time that Tina stepped into the spotlight without Ike by her side. The song flopped in the U.S but did very well in Europe, even topping the British charts at #3 and bringing Tina Turner superstar status.
That's when Tina became the toast of London, worshipped by rock bands like The Rolling Stones, she was even featured in The Who's movie 'Tommy' as 'The Acid Queen', winning her even more critical acclaim and raising her far above The Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

Her success made Ike very jealous. He was already known as a drug-addicted, wife-beater, but this got him out of control. Ike beat her to the point of near death. Life spiralled out of control for Tina. She became very depressed and attempted suicide.

When she got better, the band was over. And they blamed it on her. This finally made Tina angry enough to run from Ike and file for divorce. She left him with only 36 cents in her pocket and a gas credit card. All she asked for in the divorce settlement was ownership of her stage name, still Ike didn't even want to give her that. The judge ruled in her favor adding to Ike's seething hatred. His threats on her life continued.

Yet, this wasn't the end for her but a new beginning! Tina finally got to do what she wanted to do,"Rock 'n' Roll". She appeared on Olivia Newton-John:Hollywood Nights in 1980. This is when Rodger Davies started to manage her. Tina shortly after released a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay together", in 1983. This was a major turning point in her career. The record was on the Top 10 for months in the U.K. She soon recorded a full album, "Private Dancer". The next single and one of her biggest hits,"What's Love Got to Do With It?". Which was number 1 on the U.K charts. She made history when she won her first Grammy Award in 1985 for "Best female rock vocal performance". She won again in 1986, 87, and 89.

After that she wrote the autobiography " What's Love Got To Do With It?" , in 1993.
Now, I don't know about you but that is one of the hardest working women EVER! I love her so much. I know when I get down I watch that movie and listen to her songs and I start to think, 'My life isn't that bad!'

Thank you Tina for your strength, you have really led the way for all women.

3 Comments:

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Parton Words said...

She is indeed a legendary performer. Hats of to her !

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

This was a great biography sweetie.
It definitely took Tina a while to find her own strength, but in the end she showed us all that we can overcome adversity and find happiness within ourselves.

A wonderful lesson to us all.

love you,
mom

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger AndyT13 said...

Great couple of posts! Rock on!
Hope the single life treats you well. Be careful out there!
Peace!

 

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