Tina TurnerOne of the most successful recording artists of all time, died at the age of 83 at his home in Kusnacht, Switzerland on Wednesday, May 23, his publicist Bernard Doherty Confirmed.
Tina, born anna may bullock in Brownsville, Tennessee, began his decades-long career in the 1950s. She was still in high school in Illinois when she met her future husband ike turner (who died in 2007) at a nightclub in New York City, and began singing for his band The Kings of Rhythm, which not long after became Ike and Tina Turner Review.
The husband-wife duo soon found fame in the 1960s — their first R&B hit was “A Fool in Love” in 1960 — though behind the scenes, the story wasn’t so great. “My relationship with Ike was ruined the day he thought I was going to be his pawnbroker,” She wrote in her 2018 memoir, my love Storywhere he also recalled forcing Ike to change his last name against his will.
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The two married in 1962 in Tijuana, Mexico. Tina was already a mother at that time Craig Raymond TurnerBorn in 1958 from her relationship with former Kings of Rhythm member Raymond Hill. He died in 2018 at the age of 55 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. the couple’s first and only biological son, Ronnie Turner, was born in 1960, and passed away in December of 2022 from complications of colon cancer. he also shared Ike Turner Jr.with ike senior’s son Lorraine Taylor born in 1958, as well as his brother Michael TurnerBorn in 1959.
As the musical duo’s fame and success grew, so did Ike’s abuse of Tina, which he made famous in both of his memoirs. She said of her ex-husband: “First, he was verbally abusive. Then, he picked up a wooden shoe stretcher,” and added: “Ike knew what he was doing.”
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“I was living the life of death,” She also spoke out in an HBO documentary about her life, Tina, out in 2021, about the abuse she endured during 16 years of marriage amid Ike’s growing drug addiction.
Her first memoir, I, Tina: My Life Story, was written in 1986. kurt lauderShe told her co-writer: “It was not a good life. The good didn’t balance out the bad.”
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The revelatory first memoir was released eight years after divorcing Ike in 1978, two years after she was released her solo breakthrough album private Dancer in 1984 (which includes the iconic “What’s Love Got to Do With It),” and after 18 she tried to take her own life in an attempt to escape her husband’s abuse.
Tina eventually ran away with Ike in 1976, After a loud fight on the way to a Dallas hotel, That’s when she fled with no money and blood-stained clothes, and sought refuge at the Ramada Inn across the highway.
She later found success without him and earned the title of Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll for 1984. private DancerNot only a departure from the R&B hits she released with her ex-husband, but a symbolic departure from her life with him.
Ultimately, Tina found true love in music executive Erwin Bach, with whom she had been for over thirty years; They married in 2013. They met at an airport in Germany in 1985, when her manager asked her to pick him up. If you can call it love, it was an exquisitely different love than the one she had with Ike, and he went so far as to donate a kidney to her when she was battling kidney disease. She wrote in her memoir, “She was overwhelmed by the enormity of his proposal.”
Tina is survived by Ike’s two sons with Irwin as well as Lorraine, whom he adopted early in their marriage. Scroll down to see more pictures of her.
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