Legend Tina Turned Dead at 83

Her life was larger than life. What she went through would have broken lesser humans.
But, she was Tina Turner.

Legendary singer Tina Turner dies at 83
By Hillel Italie
Associated Press

May 24, 2023 at 2:35 pm
NEW YORK — Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and ‘70s and survived her horrifying marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” has died at 83.

Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.

Few stars traveled so far — she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her latter years on a 260,000 square foot estate on Lake Zurich — and overcame so much. Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and remained a top concert draw for years after.

With admirers ranging from Beyoncé to Mick Jagger, Turner was one of the world’s most successful entertainers, known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favorites: “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” and the hits she had in the ‘80s, among them “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”

Her trademarks were her growling contralto, her bold smile and strong cheekbones, her palette of wigs and the muscular, quick-stepping legs she did not shy from showing off. She sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won 12 Grammys, was voted along with Ike into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and on her own in 2021) and was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey among those praising her. Her life became the basis for a film, a Broadway musical and an HBO documentary in 2021 that she called her public farewell.

Tina Turner, Magnetic Singer of Explosive Power, Is Dead at 83
Hailed in the 1960s for her dynamic performances with her first husband, Ike, she became a sensation as a recording artist, often echoing her personal struggles in her songs.

By William Grimes
May 24, 2023
Updated 4:47 p.m. ET
Tina Turner, the earthshaking soul singer whose rasping vocals, sexual magnetism and explosive energy made her an unforgettable live performer and one of the most successful recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich. She was 83.

Her publicist Bernard Doherty announced the death in a statement but did not provide the cause. She had a stroke in recent years and was known to be struggling with a kidney disease and other illnesses.

Ms. Turner embarked on her half-century career in the late 1950s, while still attending high school in East St. Louis, Ill., when she began singing with Ike Turner and his band, the Kings of Rhythm. At first she was only an occasional performer, but she soon became the group’s star attraction — and Mr. Turner’s wife. With her potent, bluesy voice and her frenetic dancing style, she made an instant impression.


“In the context of today’s show business, Tina Turner must be the most sensational professional onstage,” Ralph J. Gleason, the influential jazz and pop critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, wrote in a review of a Rolling Stones concert in Oakland in November 1969. “She comes on like a hurricane. She dances and twists and shakes and sings and the impact is instant and total.”

But if the Ike and Tina Turner Revue was a success, the Ike and Tina Turner marriage was not. Mr. Turner was abusive. After she escaped the marriage in her 30s, her career faltered. But her solo album “Private Dancer,” released in 1984, returned her to the spotlight — and lifted her into the pop stratosphere.

Working with younger songwriters, and backed by a smooth, synthesized sound that provided a lustrous wrapping for her raw, urgent vocals, she delivered three mammoth hits: the title song, written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits; “Better Be Good to Me”; and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
Referring to its “innovative fusion of old-fashioned soul singing and new wave synth-pop,” Stephen Holden, in a review for The New York Times, called the album “a landmark not only in the career of the 45-year-old singer, who has been recording since the late 1950s, but in the evolution of pop-soul music itself.”

At the 1985 Grammy Awards, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” won three awards, for record of the year, song of the year and best female pop vocal performance, and “Better Be Good To Me” won for best female rock vocal performance.

The album went on to sell five million copies and ignite a touring career that established Ms. Turner as a worldwide phenomenon. In 1988 she appeared before about 180,000 people at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, breaking a record for the largest paying audience for a solo artist.After her “Twenty Four Seven” tour in 2000 sold more than $100 million in tickets, Guinness World Records announced that she had sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.

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22 Responses to Legend Tina Turned Dead at 83

  1. rikyrah says:

    This tribute to Tina Turner for a grandmother’s birthday 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾They went ALL OUT🙌🏽


  2. rikyrah says:

    12 year old singing Tina Turner 👏🏾


  3. rikyrah says:

    Lizzo does a Tina Turner tribute 😔👏🏾


  4. rikyrah says:

    QueenLibra ♎️ (@queenlibra_305) tweeted at 6:19 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    One of the things I truly appreciated and respected about Tina Turner outside of her talent was how she learned to choose herself and go where she was appreciated in the end. A powerful lesson for Black women. ❤️🥹

  5. rikyrah says:

    Stabby Spice is stabby. 🌻 👀🐝💛 (@StabbyandSpicy) tweeted at 7:15 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    In 1993, my mom called me and said “Kathleen, Tina Turner is coming to Phoenix and your father won’t take me, and I need to see her, she’s only two years younger than I am. Will you go with me?”

    The way I screamed “YES!”

    Best I ever saw, before or since.

    An absolute legend.

  6. rikyrah says:

    THEE Harmless Artist (@DunhillPage) tweeted at 7:25 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    This is a heartfelt eulogy -from the LGBTQ community with love. https://t.co/lfCSFI5Kbs

  7. rikyrah says:

    Ayoka (@MysticxLipstick) tweeted at 7:57 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Tina Turner was the first black woman I saw be fearless outside of the box of Christianity and get a divorce and thrive. I remember the fear I felt + released while processing that she found what was best for HER. RIP Legend. Ty for living your truth 💖https://t.co/XOZ0rE63Oj

  8. rikyrah says:

    Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) tweeted at 6:55 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Tina Turner was a spectacular light whose life was a testament to all those who believe in what can be, unburdened by what has been.

    From Nutbush, TN to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, her strength, voice, and signature moves inspired millions. Tina Turner was simply the best.

  9. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Beautiful beautiful soul. Ms Tina Turner!

    My Facebook friend said she use to get her butt popped for NutBush City Limit. I hid in the room, turned the radio down low and danced to Proud Mary 😆

  10. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Beautiful post, Riky Rah 😍

  11. rikyrah says:

    🖤 Ima Keep Breonna Taylor AUIYM 🖤 (@cbr_OLU) tweeted at 4:18 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Tina Turner is single-handedly responsible for every BlkWomn in my family being deep Rock & Roll lovers

    The way River Deep, Mountain High played on 100 every Saturday morn

    This performance—>Time Capsule
    Literally an HISTORIC Performance


  12. rikyrah says:

    Owning My Space✨ (@JuneSummer1) tweeted at 2:45 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    It’s amazing how Tina Turner was a soul icon in my parent’s generation, then after age 40, completely reinventing herself to become the Queen of Rock n Roll in mine.


  13. rikyrah says:

    Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) tweeted at 4:18 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    The words legendary, iconic, diva, and superstar are often overused and yet Tina Turner embodies them all and so many more – an incredible performer, musician and trailblazer. To me, she will always be a survivor and an inspiration to women everywhere. Her music will continue to… https://t.co/ur7djmFHnW

  14. rikyrah says:

    Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) tweeted at 6:41 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Another longtime friend has made her transition. Not only will I miss that eternal ball of energy named Tina Turner but the entire world will also find this void in their lives. My condolences to her husband and other members of her family. Rest in Peace my friend! https://t.co/RsGNfzD02C

  15. rikyrah says:

    Will Smith Slapped Me (@AshleyShyMiller) tweeted at 2:34 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    All our legends are leaving us or have left us and I’m so sick about that. Michael Jackson gone. Prince gone. Whitney gone. Aretha gone. Teena and Tina gone. I know it’s life and I didn’t know them, personally, but that shit hurts.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Tom Jones (@RealSirTomJones) tweeted at 3:11 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Tina, an incredible woman, a genuine singer, a one of a kind talent, I am honoured to have known her. RIP Tina https://t.co/70iceQjLxm

  17. rikyrah says:

    Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) tweeted at 2:07 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    I am so, so very sad to hear of the passing of @TinaTurner, the iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white. She did with great dignity & success what very few would even have dared to do in her time and in that genre of music 🕊 #TinaTurner https://t.co/HrcJj7PltI

  18. rikyrah says:

    Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) tweeted at 2:40 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Tina Turner was an icon, whom we loved for her voice, her dancing, and her spirit. As we honor her, let’s also reflect on her resilience, and think about all the greatness that can follow our darkest days. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us, Tina. You’re simply the best. https://t.co/CZyaItp4Cb

  19. rikyrah says:

    Aaron Neville (@aaronneville) tweeted at 2:32 PM on Wed, May 24, 2023:
    Sad to hear about the great Tina Turner passing today. Me and my brothers, the mighty Neville Brothers toured Europe with Tina in 1990. She showed us much love and respect. I know she has a place in the heavenly band. Much love and respect from the Neville family. RIP ❤️ https://t.co/fYuR2BZE2N

  20. Liza says:

    This one is my favorite, Break Every Rule.


  21. rikyrah says:

    RIP 🙏🏽😢😞

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