Tina Turner was an American-born and naturalized Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Widely known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Has died aged 83.
Born–November 26, 1939
Birthplace-Anna Mae Bullock, Brownsville, Tennessee, U.S.
Death-May 24, 2023 (aged 83)
Spouse-Ike Turner-(m. 1962; div. 1978)Erwin Bach (m. 2013)
Genres -Rock, R&B, soul, pop
Labels-Sonja, Pompeii, United Artist, Capitol, Parlophone, Virgin
Relatives-Alline Bullock (sister)
Afida Turner (daughter-in-law)
Eugene Bridges (first cousin once removed)
Turner was, the youngest daughter of Floyd Richard Brock and his wife Zelma Priscilla (née Callie). The family lived in a rural, unincorporated community near Nutbush, Tennessee. There, her father worked as a tenant supervisor at the Poindexter farm off Highway 180. She later recalled picking cotton with her family when she was young.
Bullock had two older sisters, Evelyn Juanita Currie, and songwriter Ruby Alline Bullock. He was also the cousin of bluesman Eugene Bridges. As young children, the three sisters were separated when their parents moved to Knoxville, Tennessee during World War II to work in the defence establishment. Bullock went to stay with her strict religious grandparents, Alex, and Roxanna Bullock, who were deacons and deacons at Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church. After the war, the sisters reunited with their parents and moved with them to Knoxville.
As a young girl, Bullock sang Nutbush in the Spring Hill Baptist Church choir. When he was 11 years old, his mother, Zelma, ran away without warning and in 1950 looked for St. Moving to Louis, in freedom from an abusive relationship with Floyd. Two years after his mother left the family, his father married another woman and moved to Detroit in 1952. Bullock and her sister were sent to live with their maternal grandmother, Georgeanna Currie, in Brownsville, Tennessee. She claimed in her autobiography I, Tina that her parents did not love her and that she was not wanted. Zelma planned to leave Floyd but became pregnant.” She was a very young woman who didn’t want another child,” Turner recalled. As a teenager, Bullock worked as a housekeeper for the Henderson family. He was in the Henderson house when he was told that his half-sister Evelyn had died in a car accident along with his cousins Margaret and Vela Evans. A self-confessed tomboy, Bullock joined both the cheerleading squad and the women’s basketball team at Carver High School in Brownsville and “socialized every chance she got.”
Turner compared his early relationship with Ike Turner to “a brother and sister from another life.” They were platonic friends from meeting in 1957 to 1960. Their relationship began when Ike was with his live-in girlfriend. Lorraine Taylor. They had sex when he went to sleep with her when another musician threatened to enter her room.
After recording “A Fool in Love,” Turner told Ike that she did not want to continue their relationship; she responded by hitting him on the head with a wooden shoe stretcher. Turner recalled that the incident was the first time he was “scared” by her, but she decided to stay with him because he “really cared about her”. After the birth of their son Ronnie in October 1960, they moved to Los Angeles in 1962 and married in Tijuana. On July 27, Turner filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. Her divorce petition sought alimony of $4,000 per month, alimony of $1,000 per month, and custody of sons Craig and Ronnie. The divorce was finalized on 29 March 1978. In the final divorce settlement, Turner accepted responsibility for the late concert dates and the IRS back pay. Turner accused Turner of physical abuse in her 1986 memoir” I, Tina”. This abusive marriage was later portrayed in the 1993 film “Where Is Love,” starring Angela Bassett. The couple divorced in 1978.
The “Queen of Rock” met the former music executive ten years after she fled her abusive first husband and music partner Ike Turner. Tina and Bach met at the Düsseldorf airport in 1985. Bach was dispatched by EMI to greet the singers upon their arrival. In the 2021 HBO documentary Tina, she said the two had an instant connection from the moment their eyes met. Turner and Bach dated for 27 years and were married for 10 years until she died on May 24, 2023, after a long illness. During their decade-long relationship, the couple shared many sweet moments and milestones together. Turner also credited Bach with teaching him how to “love without giving up who I am.” When Turner and Bach met, he was 30 years old at the time. Turner was 47. After 27 years together, the pair tied the knot in a civil ceremony in Switzerland. Turner was 73 years old at the time.
Bach then donated his kidney to his wife. The surgery, which took place in April 2017, was largely successful, although Turner still had mild symptoms.
with Ike Turner, Tina has four children. (Turner and Ike’s oldest son, Craig, died by suicide in 2018, and their youngest, Ronnie, just died of complications from colon cancer in December 2022.)
Tina is survived by her adopted sons, Ike Jr., and Michael Turner. Tina and Ike’s other children usually stayed out of the public eye.
In her 2018 memoir, My Love Story, Turner revealed that she had life-threatening illnesses. Three weeks after her wedding to Erwin Bach in 2013, she suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016. Turner used homeopathic remedies to treat high blood pressure, which led to kidney damage and eventual kidney failure. His chances of getting a kidney were slim, so he was advised to start dialysis. He considered assisted suicide and joined Exodus, but Bach offered to donate a kidney for transplantation. On April 7, 2017, Turner underwent kidney transplant surgery.
Cause Of Death
Turner was one of the greatest recording artists of all time, known for hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “(Simply) The Best.” Her publicist Bernard Doherty said in a statement that she passed away peacefully at her home in Kusnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland, after a long illness. On May 24, 2023, Turner died at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, aged 83, following a long illness, including cancer, strokes, and kidney failure in her final years.
Considered nostalgic, Turner performed mainly in hotel ballrooms and clubs in the United States. During his second time at the Ritz, he signed with Capitol Records in 1983 in May 1984, Capitol released the album’s second single, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” the song was previously recorded by pop group Bucks Fizz.
In 1986, Turner released his sixth solo album, Break Every Rule, which reached number one in four countries and sold over five million copies worldwide in its first year of release. The album sold over a million copies in the US and Germany alone.
In 1990, Turner began his Foreign Affair European Tour, which drew nearly four million spectators, breaking the European tour record previously held by Rolling Stone.
In 1991, Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In 1993, the semi-autobiographical film What’s Love Got to Do with It was released.
In 1995 Turner returned to the studio and released “GoldenEye”, written by Bono and U2’s Edge for the James Bond film GoldenEye.
In 1996, Turner released the album Wildest Dreams, followed by his “Wildest Dreams Tour”. In September 1999, before his 60th birthday, Turner released the dance track “When the Heartache Is Over”.
At a July 2000 concert in Zürich, Switzerland, Turner announced that she would retire at the end of the tour.
In November 2004, Turner released All the Best, in 2005, her highest charting album in the United States
In 2009, Turner officially retired from performing in 2009, Turner, together with Swiss Christian musician Regula Curt and Swiss Tibetan Buddhist Dechen Shak-Dagsay, founded the Swiss Beyond Foundation, a global music foundation.
In February 2014, Parlophone Records released a new compilation titled Love Songs
In December 2016 Turner announced that she had been working on Tina, a musical based on her life story, in collaboration with Phyllida Lloyd and Stage Entertainment In 2020, he came out of retirement to collaborate with Norwegian producer Kygo on a remix of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. In 2021, Turner appeared in the documentary film Tina directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin
In October 2021, Turner sold his music rights to BMG Rights Management for an estimated $50 million, with Warner Music continuing to distribute his music. Later that month, Turner was inducted as a solo artist into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the award via satellite from his home near Zurich, Switzerland.
Tina having sold more than 100 million records worldwide; Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. He has received 12 Grammy Awards, including eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first black artist and the first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked him among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner had a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and St. Louis Walk of Fame. He was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1991 with Ike Turner and in 2021 as a solo artist. She also received the Kennedy Canter Honours and Women of the Year in 2005.
- Turner was the first black artist and first female on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967.
- World Music Awards presented Turner with the Legend Award in 1993.
- Essence Awards honoured Turner with the Living Legend Award in 1993.
- Turner received the accolade of Légion d’Honneur from the French education minister in 1993.
- Turner ranked No.2 on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll in 1996.
- Tennessee State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush was named “Tina Turner Highway” in 2002.
- Rolling Stone ranked Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner No. 212 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (No. 214 on 2012 revised list) in 2003.
- People ranked her 1985 performance of “What’s Love Got to Do with It” as one of the top 10 Grammy moments in 2004.
- Rolling Stone ranked Turner No. 17 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008.
- Time ranked her 1985 performance of “What’s Love Got to Do with It” as one of the top 10 Grammy moments in 2009.
- Rolling Stone ranked Turner No. 63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2010.
- Turner covered Vogue Germany, becoming the oldest person (aged 73) to cover Vogue magazine, surpassing Meryl Streep (aged 62) who covered American Vogue in 2012(2013).
- Turner was inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
- Rolling Stone ranked Ike & Tina Turner No. 2 on their list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time in 2015.
- Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame in2015.
- An image of Turner taken by Jack Robinson in 1969 was used as the cover for The Last Shadow Puppets Album Everything You’ve Come to Expect in 2016.
- Turner was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2019.
- Private Dancer was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2020.
- Turner became a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2021.
- Turner received an honorary doctorate for her “unique musical and artistic life’s work” from the Philosophical and Historical Faculty of the University of Bern in 2021.
- Mattel released a Barbie doll in Turner’s likeness to commemorate her single “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” In 2022.
- In 1977 Tina Turner Tour
- In 1978 Tina Turner ’78 Tour
- In 1979 Tina Turner Show ’79 Tour (Wild Lady of Rock)
- In 1981–83 Tina Turner Tour (Nice ‘n’ Rough)
- In 1984 1984 World Tour
- In 1985 Private Dancer World Tour
- In 1987–1988 Break Every Rule World Tour
- In 1990 Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour
- In 1993 What’s Love? Tour
- In 1996–97 Wildest Dreams Tour
- In 2000 Twenty-Four Seven Tour
- In 2008–09 Tina: 50th Anniversary Tour
- Tina Turns the Country On! (1974)
- Acid Queen (1975)
- Rough (1978)
- Love Explosion (1979)
- Private Dancer (1984)
- Break Every Rule (1986)
- Foreign Affair (1989)
- Wildest Dreams (1996)
- Twenty-Four Seven (1999)
As Opening Act
- The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 (opening for the Rolling Stones) (1981)
- Worth Leavin’ Home for Tour (opening for Rod Stewart) (1981)
- Can’t Slow Down Tour (opening for Lionel Richie) (1984)
- In 1966 The Big T.N.T. Show
- In 1970 It’s Your Thing
- In 1970 Gimme Shelter
- In 1971 Soul to Soul
- In 1971 Taking Off
- In 1971 Good Vibrations from Central Park
- In 1975 Tommy
- In 1975 Ann-Margret Olsson
- In 1975 Poiret est à vous
- In 1978 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- In 1982 Chuck Berry: Live at the Roxy with Tina Turner
- In 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
- In 1993 What’s Love Got to Do with it
- In 1993 Tina Turner: Girl from Nutbush
- In 1993 Last Action Hero
- In 2012 Ike & Tina on the Road: 1971–72
- In 2021 Tina
Net Worth 2023
Tina Turner’s net worth in 2023 was estimated at $250 million.