Tina Turnerwas born as Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee. She is an American songwriter, singer, dancer and actress. She has earned the title of The Queen of Rock & Roll. She has also won 8 grammy Awards and her music is rock, R&B, dance, pop, and even funk. She is considered to be one of the worldís most popular and biggest selling artists of all time. Her record sales have far surpassed 180 million. She has 7 Billboard Top 10 singles, 16 U. S. Top 10 R&B singles, and over 40 Top 40 Hits in the U. K..
Tina met Ike Turner in 1956 and started working for him in 1958. She began singing as an ocassional vocalist in his show at the age of 18. Ike named her Tine after Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Tina recorded the song, A Fool In Love, after another singer failed to show up to record it. It was a big success on the R&B Charts and reached number 2 on the chart. It also crossed over to the Top 30 on the Pop Chart. After this, Ike changed the name of the group to Ike and Tina Turner Revue. They sang together throughout the 1960's and the 1970's. Ike made all of the rules and acted as the groupís manager and musical director. He also ruled Tina with an iron fist. He later had a drug problem and his recording contracts and performances declined. His controlling and violent temper caused the members to come and go and Tina admitted to being physically abused by Ike all through their marriage. Tina was divorced from Ike in 1978 and to put it all behind her, she walked away with no money or property. She released her first solo album, Rough, in 1978. The album as well as the next one, Love Explosion, in 1979, did not fare well and she was beginning to think she would not be able to comeback after all of the bad publicity with Ike and the divorce. In 1982 she teamed up with British Electric Foundation and they did a remake of The Temptationís, Ball O f Confusion and also recorded a remake of Al Greenís, Letís Stay Together, and they drew the attention of Capitol records. Tina appeared in the movie, Mad Max, with Mel Gibson and had success with songs on the soundtrack.
In 2000, Tina retired from major tours but she continues making public appearances and collaborations. In 2001, she had a highway named after her in Tennessee. In 2003, she joined Phil Collins to record the song, Great Spirits, for the Disney movie, Brother Bear. In 2005 she recorded a compilation of her greatest hits. A new DVD was released in August, 2007.
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