Tina Turner

Tina Turner

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Tina Turner is an American Rock Singer. Tina Turner is also a songwriter, dancer, actor, and author. She is considered the Queen of Rock and Roll and has received 12 Grammy Awards, collaborating with many other popular artists.

Early Life and Education

Tina Turner was born on November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee, USA. She is 81 years old and her astrological sign is Sagittarius. She holds American nationality and her real name is Anna Mae Bullock.

Her father’s name is Floyd Richard Bullock and her mother’s name is Zelma Priscilla and her father was an overseer of a group of sharecroppers. She also has two siblings and their names are Alline Bullock and Evelyn Juanita Currie. She is the youngest among her siblings. During World War II, Tine Turner along with her two sisters was separated from their parents and had to go and live with her grandparents in Knoxville. However, after the war, they reunited with their family in Knoxville. She then went on to attend Flagg Grove Elementary School.

Likewise, her life became chaotic when their mother ran away because of their abusive father. She was only 13 years old at that time and her father remarried and abandoned her as well as her sister. They then went to live with her grandmother and worked as a domestic worker. Moreover, she then attended Carver High School while living with her grandmother. When she was 16 years old, her grandmother passed away, and she had to go live with her mother. She graduated from Summer High School in the year 1958. She then began working as a nurse’s aide at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after her graduation.

Career and Professional Life

Tina Turner was interested in singing from a very young age and she also had a knack for it and she even used to sing in the church choir. She used to visit nightclubs in St. Louis. At Club Manhattan. It was the time when she met her future husband Ike Turner as well as his band “Kings of Rhythm”. Ike Turner was able to recognize her talent and gave her a chance to record with him as a background singer in the year 1958. And after a year, she was able to record a dummy vocal for Ike’s song. Likewise, She along with Ike Turner began singing together. Then in the year 1960 their single “A Fool in Love” was able to reach the second position on the “Hot R&B Sides”. After that, “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” was able to earn them their first Grammy Award nomination.

The duo team was able to become popular and even went on to sign with “Loma Records”. They were able to give live performances all over the USA and even were able to perform in shows like “Hollywood A-Go-Go”. Most of their albums and songs were gaining a lot of success and popularity as time went by. Tine Turner then signed with “Liberty Records’ in the year 1970 and came out with two albums along with Ike. As the duo was becoming popular all over the country and they were even invited to be interviewed and perform at “The Ed Sullivan Show”.

Finally, she was able to release her first solo album “Tina Turns the Country On!” in the year 1974. Her album became popular that fetched her Grammy nomination for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance”. Ike and Turner subsequently ventured into gospel music and released “The Gospel According to Ike & Tina” which became an instant hit. Likewise, she was able to play the role of “The Acid Queen” in the London-based musical “Tommy” in the year 1974. This performance of hers instantly made her famous in the UK, and in the following year she released her second solo album “The Acid Queen”.

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Caption: Tina Turner and Ike Turner (Source: Biography)

More About Career

Tina Turner’s professional life, career, as well as her personal life was very much affected by her husband Ike who was an alcoholic and cocaine addict. Eventually, she stopped performing with him and divorced him. After her divorce, she began releasing her solo albums. She even began appearing on shows like The Hollywood Squares, Donny and Marie, and many others. However, there were some albums of hers which were not much liked by her fans and critics. Then after taking some time and associating with other famous personalities, she released her album which became a hit.

After her success in songs and singing, she starred in the movie “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in the year 1985. Her acting skills were very much appreciated and honored also with the “NAACP Image Award” for “Outstanding Actress”. In the year 1986, she was able to publish her autobiography “I, Tina,” and was able to receive a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”. Turner even made history by performing with Paul McCartney in front of the largest paying audience in “Maracana Stadium” in Rio de Janeiro in the year 1988.

In the year 1993, she signed the rights for the production of the movie “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. This movie was based on her relationship with Ike. Turner even helped the female protagonist with her costumes as well as taught her dance moves. She was able to work with the band ‘U2’ for the composition of a song in the ‘James Bond’ movie ‘Golden Eye’ in the year 1995. Likewise, her album “Wildest Dreams” went gold as well as platinum in the US and Europe, respectively.

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Caption: Tina Turner performing on the stage (Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

Album and More

Tina was able to appear on the VH-1 special Divas Live ’99 in 1999-2000. She even was able to launch a tour for the album, helping it achieve gold certification in the United States. The “Kennedy Center Honors” honored her in the year 2005. Likewise, in the year 2008, she was able to perform along with Beyonce at the “Grammy Awards”, and even was able to win a “Grammy” as a featured artist for “River: The Joni Letters”.

Moreover, Turner was able to release a jukebox musical, “TINA: The Tina Turner Musical” in the year 2018. This musical depicted her life in a nutshell. In the same year, she also was able to release her second memoir “Tina Turner: My Love Story”. She also has been able to appear on the cover of the German issue of Vogue magazine, becoming the oldest person to appear on the cover of Vogue.

Furthermore, her fifth album “Private Dancer” was released in the year 1984 which is considered to be the breakthrough album of her career. This album was able to provide her success at the time when her career suffered a major setback after she got divorced. She also was able to earn four “Grammy Awards” for this album.

Relationship Status

Tina Turner fell in love for the first time with Harry Taylor when they met each other at high school. After that, she began dating Raymond Hill and she became pregnant with his child. But their relationship ended even before their son was born which made her a single parent. Her first son’s name is Raymond Craig Turner. This made her mother angry and she threw Tuner out of the house. She then went on to live with her future husband, Ike Turner. She then began dating Ike Turner and tied the knot with him in the year 1962. The couple has a son together and his name is Ronald Turner.

She said that Ike Turner was abusive and their relationship was toxic. She feared her husband. They constantly fought and eventually, they separated and divorced in the year 1978. Likewise, she started dating German music executive Erwin Bach in the year 1986. They met each other met at a party while touring for “Private Dancer”. And, after a courtship of 27 years, they married in July 2013. Moreover, Tuner had three children with Ike Turner and their names are Ike Turner Jr, Ronnie Turner, and Michael Turner.

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Caption: Tina Turner with her husband, Erwin Bach (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurements

Tina Turner has a height of 5 feet 4 inches and her weight is 58Kg. Tuner’s other body measurements such as her chest size, waist size, and hip size, are 36-29-37 inches respectively. Moreover, she has black hair and dark brown eyes.

Social Media and Net Worth

Tina Turner is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She has garnered 694K followers on Instagram and 92.8K followers on Twitter. Likewise, she has mustered 6.1 million followers on Facebook.

According to stylecaster, s has a net worth of $270 million and her main income source is her career of singing and acting. She also has many other income sources.