Tina Turner is the “queen of rock and roll”. She’s also a grandmother, an actress, a Buddhist and most of all a survivor. I’m going to tell you about her life and I start on a farm in Nut Bush, Tennessee in the late 1930’s.
That’s when Tina Turner was Anna Mae Bullock. Sixteen years later, after a lonely, difficult childhood, she moved to St. Louis. There she met the man that changed everything and made her a star – Ike Turner.
“The Ike and Tina Turner Revue” was one of America’s top bands in the 60’s and early 70’s. Their hits, including River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary and Nut Bush City Limits, made Tina both rich and famous.
Behind the success, though, was a sad, freighted woman. On stage she might have been “wild”, but off-stage she was the opposite. Ike Turner controlled her entire life, often by violent. Tina was a prisoner.
Then one day in 1976, Tina finally left. What happened next is now a part of rock history. For eight, long, hard years she tried for success on her own. Then suddenly she succeeded in 1984 when her record Private Dancer became a huge international hit. Tina Turner was back!
Since then, loved and admired by millions of fans, Tina has become one of the world’s few real stars.