In the Beginning
Ike & Tina Turner worked as a husband and wife duo in the 1960s and 1970s before Tina left the marriage citing abuse. This 1972 portrait shows Tina and Ike with their son and stepsons.
This photo, from February 1, 1978, captures her first solo concert since splitting from Ike Turner. Tina can tackle songs with raw intensity and impossible elegance. “She can squeeze passion from any line,” Melissa Etheridge once told ‘Rolling Stone’.
We Must Mention Her Legs
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Tina Turner’s legendary legs don’t age. Her lengthy gams even prompted former U.S. president George W. Bush to remark that Tina’s legs were “the most famous in show business.” “I always had long legs,” the Grammy winner once told Oprah. “When I was young, I used to think, ‘Why do I look like a little pony?'”
Finally At The Top
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Against all odds, Turner scored her first #1 hit as a solo artist at age 44 with “What’s Love Got To Do With It” from the album ‘Private Dancer’. The song was originally intended for Donna Summer. In 2012, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The Video Star
The fledgling music station MTV put her video for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” in heavy rotation. Along with Michael Jackson, she was one of the first black artists to gain airtime on the channel.
Why, of course she starred in the post-apocalyptic action-adventure movie “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” in 1985. Turner played Aunty Entity. She hit the No. 2 spot with the track “We Don’t Need Another Hero” from the film’s soundtrack.
‘It’s Only Love’
In 1985, Turner teamed up with Bryan Adams for the duet, “It’s Only Love”. The video features Turner calling Adams up on stage at a concert to play the song. Turner, in turn, joined Adams on stage at the 1985 Juno Awards, where Adams took home Album of the Year for ‘Reckless’. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Mick Jagger whipped off a quick, five-song solo set at 1985’s massive “Live Aid” concert. For his final song, he brought out Turner for a duet on the Rolling Stones classic “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”.
That’s the ticket! Her 1988 show in Rio set a world record for biggest paying crowd. An audience of 182,000 took in the performance, which was later released as a video.
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Before the “Schitt’s Creek” version by Noah Reid (which cracked the Top 10), there was the definitive version by Turner. The track was released in 1989 from her ‘Foreign Affair’ record and has become an anthem. The track is actually a cover of a Bonnie Tyler song.
Tina Turner & Beyonce
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The eight-time Grammy winner rocked the stage at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008. She performed a rocking set, including “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, “Better Be Good To Me”, and an amazing duet of “Proud Mary” with Beyonce.
‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’
This Broadway jukebox musical tells the story of Turner’s life from her childhood to her rocky relationship with Ike Turner to her remarkable comeback. In a statement Tina Turner said, “Bringing this musical to life on stage and working with this team has meant so much to me, I feel that it is in many ways a culmination of my career.” The production officially opened last month and is making a strong showing at the box office, according to Deadline. We can’t wait to see what the next decade will bring for this timeless icon. Happy 80th, Tina!