Personalities | Tina Turner | Seventies | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1939)

An American soul/rock singer, Tina Turner was famous initially as part of a husband-and-wife duo with Ike Turner. The pair enjoyed several hits in the 1960s and established a formidable reputation as a live act, largely due to Tina’s stage presence. The couple’s last major success was 1973’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’, a UK Top 5 hit written by Tina. Weary of Ike’s mental and physical abuse, she left him mid-tour in 1976, embarking on a solo career soon afterwards.

It was not until Private Dancer (1984) that Tina found the formula that would make her one of the biggest names in 1980s music. Made with the assistance of famous friends like Mark Knopfler and Jeff Beck, the album sold over 20 million copies. The successful follow-ups Break Every Rule (1986) and Foreign Affair (1989) showed that her remarkable comeback was no flash in the pan.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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