On May 24, 2023, Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock’n’roll, passed away peacefully in her home in Switzerland after a long battle with illness. Her life and career are inspiring stories of overcoming hardships and discovering the true strength that lies within.
To celebrate her remarkable life, we have created the Tina Turner timeline, marking the most important accomplishments of the iconic artist.
Tina Turner timeline: key milestones
- November 26, 1939 – Born Anna-Mae Bullock in Nutbrush, Tennessee;
- 1956 – Moves to St. Louis, meets Ike Turner;
- 1960 – Takes the stage name Tina Turner, start of Ike & Tina Turner Revue;
- 1962 – Marries Ike Turner in Tijuana, Mexico;
- 1966 – Ike & Tina open for Rolling Stones on UK tour;
- 1968 – Attempts suicide after years of abuse by Ike;
- 1969 – Earns Grammy Award for “Proud Mary”;
- 1975 – Stars in her first film, “Tommy” by The Who;
- 1976 – Files for divorce from Ike;
- 1984 – Releases comeback album “Private Dancer”;
- 1985 – Stars in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”;
- 1991 – Is inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as duo act with Ike;
- 1993 – Is played by Angela Basset in biographical film “What’s love got to do with it?”;
- 2005 – Receives Kennedy Center honors;
- 2008 – Embarks on 50th Anniversary Tour;
- 2009 – Retires officially from performing;
- 2013 – Becomes a Swiss citizen;
- 2018 – “Tina” musical debuts in London;
- 2021 – Is inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as solo act;
- May 24, 2023 – Passes away in Switzerland, aged 83.
Frequently asked questions about Tina Turner
Let’s quickly review some of the most frequently asked questions about the life and career of Tina Turner.
Tina Turner guest starred on a number of collaborative albums with other artists, including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams, to name a few. However, it was her solo debut album “Private Dancer” that is globally considered both a critical and commercial success. “Private Dancer” earned her three Grammys and the track “What’s Love Got to Do with It” became her signature song.
In a 2021 interview with Today.com, Tina Turner was asked to describe her life using just a few words. Her answer was “Hope. Resilience. Victory”. The 81-year-old singer who turned to Buddhism after years of abuse, heartbreak and hardship found a way to tap into her inner source of strength and courage with the help of mantras. She discovered that everything one needs in order to change their circumstances and forge new happiness is already inside of us. To find out more about Tina Turner’s story and views on the world, check out her three best-selling autobiographies:
• I, Tina
• Happiness Becomes You
• Tina Turner: That’s My Life
The last concert in Tina Turner’s impressively lengthy career took place in 2009, at the Sheffield Arena, and she was 69 at the time. This gig was part of her 50th anniversary tour and marked her retirement from the stage. It was, by all accounts, an amazing performance. Fans who attended called it magnetic and empowering, stating that Tina’s energy put younger performers like Beyoncé or Rihanna to shame.
Throughout her 50 years on the music stage, Tina Turner released a whooping 72 singles. The best received ones include (but are not limited to) “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep – Mountain High”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “Acid Queen”.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated Tina Turner for a Grammy 25 times and she won 8 awards. In addition, she also won 3 Grammy Hall of Fame Awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, for a total of 12 Grammys. The performances that earned her these awards are:
• 1972 – Proud Mary (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal);
• 1985 – What’s Love Got to Do with It (Record of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance);
• 1985 – Better Be Good to Me (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance);
• 1985 – One of the Living (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance);
• 1987 – Back Where You Started (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance);
• 1989 – Tina Live in Europe (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance);
• 2008 – River: The Joni Letters (Album of the Year).
In a 2018 interview with The Times, Tina Turner opened up about her relationship with ex-husband Ike Turner and her decision to forgive him, in spite of the years of physical and mental abuse, not to mention the extra-marital affairs. She was only 16 when Ike Turner asked her to join the band and it didn’t take long before he began seducing the teenage singer; she felt as if she had no choice because she “needed the work”. After their divorce was finalized in 1976, it would still take decades for Tina to forgive Ike. The two would never collaborate again. In her own words, “Ike wasn’t someone you could forgive and allow him back in.”
Ike Turner passed away on December 12, 2007, from a cocaine overdose, at the age of 76. He was suffering from high blood pressure and emphysema, which likely contributed to his death. Ike had been addicted to cocaine for over 15 years and served 18 months in jail for drug related offenses. He kept clean after his release from jail in 1991 until 2004, when he relapsed, culminating with his overdose in 2007. Tina Turner did not attend his funeral.
“Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” is in fact extremely factual, largely because the creators involved the artist in the production. As a matter of fact, Tina Turner supervised everything, from the portrayal of the characters to the signature dance moves. The movie covers all major milestones in the singer’s life, from her personal and professional relationship with Ike Turner to her resounding success as a solo act.
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