Produced in Tennessee in 1939, Tina Turner started performing with musician Ike Turner in the 1950s. They became known as the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, reaching popular acclaim because of their live performances and records, until Tina left inthe 1970s after years of mistreatment. Following a slow beginning to her solo career, Turner reached immense success with her 1984 album, Private Dancer. She went to give more chart-topping records, and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. The vocalist afterwards became involved in the spiritual Beyond job, and wed longtime boyfriendErwin Bach in July 2013.
Just in her teens, Turner immediately immersed herself in St. Louis’s R&B arena, spending much of her time at Club Manhattan. It was there, in 1956, that she met rock and roll pioneer Ike Turner, who regularly played in the nightclub together with the Kings of Rhythm.It was not long before Turner was performing with the group, and she immediately became the highlight of their show.
The record was subsequently sent into a radio station in Nyc, and premiered as “Ike and Tina Turner.” The tune became a tremendous R&B success, and soon crossed over to the pop charts.
Using their popularity growing, Ike and Tina were wed in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1962.
In 1966, Tina and Ike’s success achieved new heights when they recorded the album River Deep, Mountain High with star record producer Phil Spector. The title track was unsuccessful in America, but became a huge hit in Europe and brought the duet new popularity. Their popularity continued well into the 1970s, charting with tracks like “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limits.” In 1975, Tina also appeared in her first movie, playing the Acid Queen in the Who’s Tommy.
Despite their success as a musical duet, by the mid-1970s, Tina and Ike’s union was in shambles. In 1976, the couple separated both personally and professionally, and in 1978, they were formally divorced, with Tina mentioning Ike’s physically violent behaviour, regular infidelities and raising drug and alcohol use.
In the years following her divorce, Tina’s solo career got off to a slow beginning. In accordance with Tina, when she left Ike, she’d “36 cents as well as a gas station charge card.” To make ends meet also to take care of her kids, she used food stamps as well as worked cleaning houses. But she also continued to perform, just in lower-profile places, and made guest appearances on different artists’ records, though without reaching any remarkable success.
In 1983, however, Turner’s solo career ultimately acquired steam when she recorded a remake of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The next year, she exploded back to the record industry when her much-anticipated solo album, Private Dancer, was launched to overwhelming critical and popular success. It went to win four Grammy Awards and finally sold more than 20 million copies world-wide. By this time, Turner had become known for her distinctively dynamic performance style as well as raspy singing style, along with for her trademark appearance—usually performing in short skirts that shown her famous legs, and with voluminously styled hair.
(Her soundtrack for the movie would go double platinum.) The year 1986 also saw the launch of Tina Turner’s second solo album, Break Every Rule.
In 1991, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ike was not able to attend the service, yet, as he was serving time for drug possession (he finally died of an overdose in 2007).
In 2008, the iconic entertainer embarked on her “Tina! 50th Anniversary Tour,” which became among the greatest-selling ticketed shows of 2008 and 2009. She declared that it will be her final tour, and basically retired from the music company save for occasionalappearances and records. One job that captured her attention was the record of religious prayers and chants by vocalists Regula Curti and Dechan Shak-Dagsay. Turner joined them for the launch of Beyond in 2010, along with for the follow up records Children Beyond (2011) and Love Within (2014).
Tina Turner performs on stage in Berlin on January 26, 2009. (MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images)
In 2013, it had been declared that Turner, in the age of 73, was employed to wed her longtime partner, German record executive Erwin Bach. In July 2013, they were wed in Zurich, Switzerland, only months after Turner had got her Swiss citizenship.