Who Was Tina Turner? Her Life and Influence

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Tina Turner was a mother, queen, and lifeline for her family and fans. However, very little is known about her life, the people who were touched by her, and how she influenced them. Here are the top ten truths that constitute her legacy.

A singer, songwriter, and actress, Tina Turner rose to fame in the early 1960s with her partner Ike Turner. After separating in 1978, Turner started a solo career. One of her best albums, Private Dancer (1984), won three Grammys and sold over 20 million copies

Tina Turner – The Lifeline 

Tina Turner

The king of reggae music Bob Marley wrote ‘Music is Life..’ and for more than 60 years, Turner would lend a lifeline to the world. From Ike and Tina to her work as a soloist, she gave us life for six decades. Her voice, her charm, and her inner strength made a source of hope for many people.

#10: She Appeared Four Times on the Rolling Stone Cover Page

Turner made the cover of Rolling Stone in 1967, 1969 by herself, and in 1971 with Ike Turner. She appeared a fourth time during her solo career in 1984. She was one of the first black females to make the front page of the magazine.

#9: Tina Turner Made History in the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She became the first black person and the first woman to deck the hall.

#8: Turner Won 12 Grammy Awards
Her music not only shattered the charters but throughout her career, Turner won twelve Grammy Awards. The titles include her life’s theme song “What’s Love Got to Do With It?’.

Tina Turner – Queen of Rock’n Roll

From disco to TV shows, Turner has been there, seen it, and done that. She has more than earned her renowned crown as the Queen of Rock and Roll.

#7: Triple Category Nomination at the Grammy Awards
Being nominated in three categories at the same is a coveted feat that she is the only woman to have achieved. The categories were R&B, pop, and rock. 

#6: Sammy Davis Jr. Overly Impressed
After performing alongside Turner in a show, Davis was so impressed that he gifted her a Jaguar!

#5: Turner Sold Most Concert Tickets Ever
Most would believe that this feat belongs to Michael Jackson. However, according to the Guinness World Record, Turner sold more concert tickets to a single show than any other artist. At the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she dazzled over 180,000 fans.

Tina The Mother

Like many mothers, Tina was also a single parent. After a brutal and insupportable marriage with Ike Turner, she divorced in 1978. She would then raise two children on her own.

#4: She Lived on Food stamps and TV Gigs
The years following her divorce were tough. She resorted to food stamps and TV shows to pay her bills.

#3 She Went to Wok Two Day After Giving Birth
Only a true mother can understand that. She was ready to do everything to make her baby had everything

#2: Her Life Inspired the World
There is a signpost that declares: ‘Welcome to Nutbush. Tennesee, Birthplace of  Tina Turner.’  When she wrote her autobiography,  I, Tina: My Life Story, it became a bestseller, and a biopic movie followed, honoring her life. It was the world saying Thanks, Tina!.

#1: What Is Tina Turner’s Real Name?
Anna Mae Bullock was born November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennesee. She is one of four siblings. Tina Turner died on May 24, 2023, after over six decades as a mother, queen, and lifeline to her family and fans.  




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