Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83 to day
Published by: 24.05.2023Category: Positive StoriesAuthor: admin
Turner who initially found fame in a turbulent musical partnership, became one of the biggest acts in the world as a solo artist and one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.
In a statement on Wednesday night, a representative said: “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”
Tina Turner dead: Queen of rock ‘n’ roll was 83..
Tina Turner, known as the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll for her catalog of hits including “Proud Mary” and “Private Dancer,” has died.
She was 83.
The news was shared on Turner’s Instagram account on Wednesday.
“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 — who was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2021 — sold over 100 million records worldwide with huge songs including “The Best” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
She scored her first and only No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the latter tune during her solo career comeback in 1984. Tina was 44 at the time, making her the oldest solo female artist to top the Hot 100 chart.
The song won three Grammys in 1985 and in 2012 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, giving Tina her third Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
The Queen of Rock ‘n Roll sold more than 100 million records worldwide including hits such as “Proud Mary,” “Private Dancer” and “The Best.”
She had 12 total Grammy Awards, including eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Throughout her career, she collaborated — and solidified longtime friendships with — numerous artists, including David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Bryan Adams.
Tina retired from music in 2009 after completing her “Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.”
Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939, the Brownsville, Tennessee, native spent much of her childhood picking cotton and singing in a nearby church.
Tina started her career in 1957 as a member of her future husband’s group, Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm. She released her first song, “Boxtop,” under the name Little Ann before coming back as Tina Tuner — a name christened by Ike — in 1960 with “A Fool in Love.”
Tina Turner started her singing career in 1957 when she joined her future husband’s group, Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm.
But her first real taste of success came in the 1960s and ’70s as the duo the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
In her 1986 memoir, “I, Tina: My Life Story,” she accused Ike of domestic abuse during their marriage. Ike died of a drug overdose in 2007.
“It wasn’t a good life. The good did not balance the bad,” Tina recalled of that time of her life in a 2020 documentary. “I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s a truth. That’s what you’ve got, so you have to accept it.”
Tina had four children, including a son Craig with saxophonist Raymond Hill’ while in high school. Craig was adopted by Ike when the couple got married; Craig died by suicide in 2018.
Tina Turner performs on stage at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1990.
Tina also adopted two of Ike’s children, Ike Jr. and Michael, from his previous relationship. She gave birth to their son, Ronnie, in October 1960. He died from complications related to late-stage cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease, in 2022.
The “Proud Mary” singer married her longtime partner and second husband German music executive, Erwin Bach, in 2013 in a grand ceremony attended by her longtime friend, Oprah Winfrey.
The pair had been living in Switzerland for many years and Tina even renounced her US citizenship. They bought a Swiss “weekend retreat” in January 2022.
The singer received four Grammy awards in 1985 and 12 in total throughout her life.
CBS via Getty Images
In a clip from an interview Tina did with the late Larry King in 1997, she revealed that one of the main reasons she left the United States was due to her stardom.
“[We] feel very comfortable in Switzerland,” Bach said in an interview local publication Daily Handelszeitung. “Due to the [COVID-19] pandemic and its consequences we — like many other Swiss — unfortunately, are refraining from travel.”
In the 2010s, Tina moved to Switzerland with her second husband Erwin Bach and renounced her US citizenship.
“I have left America because my success was in another country and my boyfriend was in another country,” Tina said, pointing to the popularity of “Private Dancer” in the UK as a driving factor. “Basically, Europe has been very supportive of my music.”
She also starred in several movies, including “Tommy” (1975), “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) and “Last Action Hero” (1993). That same year, she released the biographical film adaptation of her memoir titled “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which starred Angela Bassett.
Her life story also hit the Great White Way in 2019 with the acclaimed, “towering” Broadway production “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.”
Mattel honored the singer with a Tina Turner Barbie Doll — complete with her signature volumized hairstyle and iconic “What’s Love Got to Do With It” video outfit — in October 2022 upon the song’s 40th anniversary.
In April 2023, Tina told The Sun how she dealt with her famous legs being the subject of constant conversation.
“Sometimes I think I’m as famous for my legs as much as my voice,” she told the outlet.
“I only had my legs on show so much as it made it much easier to dance . . . And then it became part of my style.”
“When I was younger I never felt confident about any part of my body, but with all the attention my legs received, I realized they must be OK!”
This is a breaking story that will be updated.