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Simply the best: singer Tina Turner dies

Singer Tina Turner, the pop icon of the 1980s, has died at the age of 83 in Switzerland after a long illness. Guardian.

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Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll', passed away peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her passing, the world has lost a musical legend and role model," her spokeswoman said in a statement.

In recent years, the singer has had very poor health: in 2016 she was diagnosed with bowel cancer, and in 2017 she had a kidney transplant.

Turner enhanced the role of black women in rock and roll, defining that era of music to the point that Mick Jagger has admitted to drawing inspiration from her energetic live performances for his stage persona.

After two decades of working with her husband Ike Turner, she began performing alone and became one of the pop icons of the 1980s with Private Dancer. Her life is chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, and the acclaimed 2021 documentary Tina.

talent and violence

Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she remembers picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town's church choir and as a teenager sang in her future husband Ike's band in St. Louis. He turned down her request to perform with the band until he saw her grab a microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance and sing B.B. King's "You Know I Love You".

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After her vocal talents became apparent, Ike gave her the pseudonym Tina Turner and trademarked the name in case she left him or he wanted to replace her in his band. Some time later, Ike started having problems with drugs. His tough group management style turned into a real tyranny, the musicians began to leave the band. He quickly became violent towards the singer: the first time Turner tried to leave the group, feeling the urge to change something, he hit her with wooden shoe braces.

“My relationship with Ike was doomed the day he realized I was going to be his paycheck,” Turner wrote in her 2018 biography, My Love Story. “He needed to control me, economically and psychologically, so that I could never leave him.”

They debuted as Ike and Tina Turner with the single A Fool in Love in July 1960. The song reached the top 30 in the US. But it was their live performances that made a sensation. They toured with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue on the Chitlin' Circuit, including to mixed audiences, such was their commercial power. In 1964, they signed with Warner Bros Loma Records, which released their first album, Live! The Ike & Tina Turner Show.

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In the second half of the 1960s, the duo worked with many of the most important figures in rock music. Phil Spector produced the 1966 single River Deep – Mountain High, they sang with the Rolling Stones in the UK and later in the US. And stars like David Bowie, Sly Stone, Cher, Elvis Presley and Elton John came to their Las Vegas residence.

In the 1970s they were chart-toppers and Grammy winners, but that triumphant streak came to an end when Turner left Ike in 1976. He constantly showed aggression, used violence and cheated on the singer. One day she just ran away from him with only a few cents in her pocket.

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As a result of the divorce, which ended in 1978, Turner received only two cars and the rights to her stage name.

new ascent

In 1983, her single "Let's Stay Together" became a full hit in Britain. Subsequently, the composition was also warmly received in other European countries, reports KnowVse. Only after that Tina Turner again became interested in the United States.

In June 1984, the singer released her album "Private Dancer" in America, which subsequently sold 11 million copies. From that moment on, she became a real star in both the Old and the New World. Subsequently, the artist released five more successful albums, for which she received eight Grammy statuettes. She was interviewed, invited to various TV shows. Several times the artist appeared even in the studio of Oprah Winfrey.

Moreover, having gathered a concert audience of 188 thousand people in Rio de Janeiro, Tina Turner entered the Guinness Book of Records.

During her life, the singer traveled half the world with concerts, having managed to get the title of "Queen of Rock and Roll", as well as one of the best dancers of her time. In addition, to this day, Tina Turner's project is considered one of the most commercially successful in the history of the global music industry.

In the mid-eighties, Tina Turner moved to Europe. For a long time she lived in London, Cologne, Nice, and then in Switzerland. In the country of cheese and chocolate, the artist met producer Erwin Bach, whom she met for a long time. In July 2013, the couple legalized their relationship.

It is noteworthy that the artist was a citizen of Switzerland. Giving up her American passport freed her not only from the legal formalities associated with obtaining various permits, but also from paying significant amounts of taxes for conducting concert activities in the United States.

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