Honorable Diva mention – Tina Turner

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Tina Turner: Queen of Rock & Roll – born November 26, 1939

What’s love got to do with it?  This diva mustered up the courage to leave an abusive marriage with nothing more than the clothes on her back, a driver’s license and a gas card.

It didn’t take Ms. Turner long to get back on her feet, and shimmy and sing her way to the top of the charts.  Although she never remarried, she’s been keeping sweet time with a German gem, sixteen years her junior, for  decades.

 

After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Tina Trivia

World’s most successful female rock artist ever. Record sales: over 60 million (1983-1999). Has sold more concert tickets than any other female performer in history. 7-time Grammy Award-winner.

Took part in the USA For Africa recording of “We Are The World”. [28 January 1985].

Living with EMI record executive Erwin Bach since 1986.

Ronnie (born 1964), is the son Tina and Ike had during their 16-year marriage.

Turned down a role in Thelma & Louise (1991).

Tina was with Ike for 20 years, but she was only married to him for 16 years (she doesn’t count the two years it took for the divorce to become final as part of her marriage).

Tina has two sons and two stepsons.

Stepmother of Ike Jr. and Michael, the sons Ike had during his marriage to first wife, Lorraine Taylor; whom Ike didn’t get “legally” divorced from until 1974.

Turned down the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985). The part eventually went to Margaret Avery.

Craig (born 1958) is Tina’s son from a relationship she had with Raymond Hill, a saxophone player in Ike’s band, The Kings of Rhythm.

Had the biggest-grossing concert tour of North America in 2000. However, due to lower ticket prices, *NSync sold more tickets than Tina.

Because of the frequent beatings she received from her former husband Ike Turner, she had to have reconstructive surgery on her nose.

Rapper Fat Joe sampled a lyric from the chorus of Tina’s 1984 hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” which was used in “What’s Luv?”, his hit single featuring Ashanti. [2001]

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Ike Turner) in 1991.

Angela Bassett (playing Tina Turner) mimed to Tina’s voice when performing the musical numbers in the film What’s Love Got to Do with It(1993).

Ranked #2 on VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Joint winner (with Ike Turner) of a Grammy award for ‘Best R&B Group Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental’ for “Proud Mary”. [1972]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “One Of The Living”. [1986]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “Back Where You Started”. [1987]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “Live In Europe”. [1989]

Joint winner (with Terry Britten) of a Grammy award for ‘Record Of The Year’ for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”. [February 1985]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”. [February 1985]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “Better Be Good To Me”. [February 1985]

[1995] Rapper Warren G., along with Adina Howard, covered her Grammy-winning hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” for the Supercop (1995) soundtrack.

Received the Lifetime Achievement prize at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. [7 October 1999]

Living in Zürich, Switzerland. [1994-present]

She was voted the 61st Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.

Ranked #6 on VH-1’s 100 Sexiest Artists. [2002]

Recipient of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients were Robert RedfordTony BennettSuzanne Farrell, and Julie Harris. [3 December 2005]

[20 February 2006] “Teach Me Again”, her duet with Elisa, from the soundtrack of All the Invisible Children (2005), enters the Italian singles chart at Number 1.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Songwriter Holly Knight wrote “(Simply) the Best” (1989) with British pop singer Paul Young in mind. However, when Young passed on the offer, Tina recorded the song after adding a bridge and key change, and it became one of her most high-profile signature tunes.

Personal Quotes

I’m the only person left doing the kind of work that I do.

I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I’m not old yet!

Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

This is what I want in heaven… words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.

There comes a point where it is just undignified to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.

Physical strength in a woman — that’s what I am.

Mick is just naughty, you know? The first time I ever went onstage with him, he tried to nudge the microphone in my crotch. He’s like a bad boy in school. That’s why the Stones are like boys to me, because I’ve raised sons. When you raise boys you know how they play. With Mick, you always have to be on guard, because you never know what he’s going to do. But Mick is like a brother. It wasn’t as if some guy pulled off my skirt; it was like this boy I knew did it. [commenting on Mick Jagger]

I don’t hate myself anymore. I used to hate my work, hated that sexy image, hated those pictures of me onstage, hated that big raunchy person. Onstage, I’m acting the whole time I’m there. As soon as I get out of those songs, I’m Tina again.

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