A Biography of Tina Turner

TIna Turner

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Tennessee and in the 1950s she moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she began performing in local venues. He immersion into the local R&B music scene led her to meet Ike Turner who was the leader of one of the local bands. Soon Tina was being featured with the band, and soon became the lead singer.

One song, “A Fool For Love” was recorded and sent to a radio station in New York and it was well liked and released under the name of “Ike and Tina Turner. The song went on to be a success in R&B circles, and then crossed over to rise successfully in the pop charts.

It was not long before “Ike and Tina Turner were in demand and they began to tour and their fame began to spread, as the band, and especially Tina became to be known for their active and electrifying performances on the stage.

Follow up songs such as “Tra La La La La,” “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” and “Poor Fool” were also well received in both R&B and the Pop reviews. As more and more radio stations played their songs, their popularity soared and so did the sales of their records.

Ike and Tina got married in 1960 in Tijuana, Mexico. In 1966, they made a record with Phil Spector, the superstar producer with “River Deep, Mountain High” and the record became extremely successful in Europe but not in the US.

In the late 60’s the opened for the Rolling Stones gaining more fame and success, recording “Proud Mary” and “Natbush City Limits.”

In 1978, Tina divorced Ike, due to abuse and sought out on her own, recording “Let’s Stay Together” and in 1988, won the Grammy for Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Now, semi-retired, Turner lives in Switzerland with her husband, German record executive, Erwin Bach.