Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tina Turner

I don't know about y'all but I've always been a fan of Tina Turner. She has an amazing voice. It's strong and raspy. I think she's a fantastic entertainer. And she's still working her stuff at 71. Can you believe Tina Turner is 71? She's rocked the music industry for over 50 years. Not only does she have an impressive voice but she has amazing legs. Wow, I could only dream of having such amazing legs.

One of my favorite songs she sings is the theme song for Golden Eye. My husband and I are huge James Bond fans and I have every 007 movie and sound track. Tina Turner's Golden Eye theme is one of my favorites.

Tina Turner was born on November 26, 1939. Her given name was, Anna Mae Bullock. I can't see Tina Turner as a Anna Mae. She grew up in Tennessee. Her father was a Baptist Deacon and factory worker. Her mother also worked in the same factory.

Tina didn't have an easy childhood. Her parents divorced and she and her older sister, Alline, were sent to live with their grandmother. Her older sister eventually moved to St. Louis. After their grandmother's passing Tina moved to St. Louis to live with her sister. Tina was sixteen at the time.

Alline was working at several nightclubs through out the city. This is where Tina met Mississippi blues musician, Ike Turner. She began singing for his band, Kings of Rhythm, at the age of 18. She was known as, "Little Ann."

In 1960, after a singer failed to appear for a recording, "A Fool in Love," Tina stepped in and the song was a big hit. The song reached #2 on the R&B charts. Ike changed her name from Anna to Tina. They got married in Tijuana, Mexico in 1962. Anna Mae Bullock became Tina Turner.

Through the 1960's and 1970's she rose to stardom. She began singing with some of the most famous musicians in the industry, such as Mick Jagger. One of her biggest hits was, "Proud Mary" she covered off of Creedence Clearwater's Revival.

Ike Turner was the band's manager and musical director. The band eventually split up after heavy drug use and violent behavior from Ike. They often had back up singers come and go because of this. Tina admitted to feeling isolated and being abused during their marriage. After a violent argument before appearing on the "Dallas Statler Hilton" she left Ike. She had thirty-six cents and a gas credit card in her pocket. She stayed with several friends hiding from him.

She began performing on her own after learning she was responsible for four acts that she canceled due to her split up from Ike. She had a slow start but by 1984 she began climbing the charts with hits like "Private Dancer." She also starred in Max Beyond Thunderdome.

In 1991, she and her ex-husband, Ike, were entered inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, she recorded the theme song, Golden Eye. The song was a huge hit among the U.S. and several European countries. Ike died on December 12, 1997.

In 2008, Turner performed with Beyonce at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. It was her first major public performance in years.


1 comment:

Miss Janice said...

Where does she get the energy?? 71!!! She looks awesome, doesn't she!?