Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock;
November 26, 1939) started out her music career with husband Ike as a
member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Ike and Tina rose to
stardom. As times and musical styles changed, Tina developed a unique
stage persona as a singer-dancer-performer which thrilled audiences of
the group's live concerts. Tina and the Revue's backup singers, the
Ikettes, wove intricate and electrifying dance routines into their
performances and influenced many other artists, including Mick Jagger (for whose 1966 UK tour they opened).
Ike and Tina Turner recorded a string of hits in the 1960s, including
"A Fool in Love", "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "I Idolize You", and the
groundbreaking "River Deep, Mountain High"
with producer Phil Spector in his Wall of Sound style. By the end of
the decade, the couple incorporated modern rock styles into their act
and began including their interpretations of "Come Together", "Honky Tonk Woman", and "I Want to Take You Higher" to their stage show.
Their high-energy cover version of Creedence
Clearwater Revival's 1968 "Proud Mary" remains Turner's signature hit
and one of her longest enduring standards. "Proud Mary" was the duo's
greatest commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard
Hot 100 in March 1971. The single eventually won a Grammy for Best
R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
Ike acted as the group's manager and musical director, making all
decisions and ruling the act with an iron fist. While he was a fine
musician and an early rock 'n' roll
influence, Ike's control of the Revue's management, recording contracts
and performances eventually led to their decline as his drug abuse
worsened. This controlling (and often violent) atmosphere caused the
musicians and backup singers to come and go frequently. Tina later
reported being isolated and physically abused by Ike on a regular basis
for most of their marriage.
With the publication of her autobiography I,
Tina: My Life Story (1986), Turner revealed severe instances of spousal abuse
against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978
in Love - Tina
The song originally wasn't supposed to include vocals by Tina, who
was then pregnant with Ike's child. When he went to review the song before erasing her vocals out,
however, he heard Tina's soulful interpretation of it and was so
inspired that he left it in, in the process changing the course of both
of their careers.
Mary: The Best of Ike
& Tina Turner
The best overview of their
talent. It opens with Tina's marvelous and bombastic "Fool in Love" on
which Tina's strangled singing and shouting heralds the advent of a rising
R&B singer. It also started a string of 5 Top 10 R&B releases for
the Turners making them soul superstars.
Deep: Mounain High [IMPORT] Ike and Tina Turner
This album is one of the most
influential albums of all time and is a highlight of Phil Spector's career.
Did You Know?
In 1991, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame. Phil Spector accepted the award on their behalf.
In 1993, Turner's life story was turned into a box-office film, What's
Love Got To Do With It?.
Based on I, Tina, the film painted a dark picture of Turner's marriage
to singer Ike Turner and her overcoming the marriage through Nichiren
Buddhism and chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
While the film was given mixed reviews, its leading actors Angela
Bassett, who played Tina, and Laurence Fishburne, who played Ike, ended
up with Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Actor,
respectively, for their roles. Turner supervised the film's soundtrack,
re-recording several songs from her Ike Turner days including "A Fool
in Love", "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "Nutbush City Limits" and "Proud
Mary", but otherwise remained uninvolved with the making of the film,
and had no interest in seeing it, telling an interviewer "Why would I
want to see Ike Turner beat me up again? I haven't dwelled on it; it's
all in the past where it belongs."
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