Tina Turner

After a protracted illness, Tina Turner, a pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll who rose to fame as a pop icon in the 1980s, passed away at the age of 83.Her health had declined recently, she received a diagnosis of intestinal cancer in 2016 and underwent kidney transplantation in 2017.

Mick Jagger acknowledged that Turner’s high-kicking, energizing live performances served as inspiration for his stage character because of how she confirmed and accentuated Black women’s early role in rock ‘n’ roll. After spending two decades making music with her controlling husband Ike Turner, she went it alone and, after a few false starts, with the release of the album Private Dancer, became one of the key pop idols of the 1980s. Three memoirs, a biography, a jukebox musical, and the acclaimed documentary film Tina all provided accounts of her life.

She went solo after spending two decades recording songs with her dictatorial husband Ike Turner. After a few false beginnings, she eventually became one of the 1980’s most important pop idols with the publication of the album Private Dancer. She gave descriptions of her life in three memoirs, a biography, a jukebox musical and the acclaimed documentary film Tina.

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With the Ike and Tina Turner single “A Fool in Love”, which broke the US Top 30 and began a series of solid chart success, he made her recorded debut under the moniker in July 1960. However, it was their live performances that propelled them to fame. Due to their economic success, Ike aggressively travelled the Ike and Tina Tuner Revue on the Chitlin’ Circuit, performing in front of crowds that included people of different race. Their first album to chart was Live! The Ike and Tina Turner Show, which was released in 1964 by Warner Bros imprint Loma Records.

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Turner, who had already released two solo records, continued to purse a solo career, but it would take her until the release of her fifth album, 1984’s private Dancer, for her to replace the previous image of the shimmying rock ‘n’ roller with one of a powerful, mullet-sporting, leather-clad pop icon and avoid being prematurely relegated to the oldies circuit.

While she will returned to the stage in 2008 to perform with Beyonce at the Grammy Awards and for a final tour to honour 50 years of her career, Turner declared her retirement in 2000, a year after releasing her final solo album, “Twenty-Four Seven”.

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