Tina Turner’s long and illustrious career spanned more than 50 years, during which she overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and took the world by surprise as a powerhouse pop star and singer. Born Anna Mae Bullock on Nov. 26, 1939, Tina Turner’s childhood was marked by an early separation from her parents, and she was often physically abused as a child. At age seven, however, she began receiving positive attention from an older woman who taught her the guitar, and by the age of sixteen she had garnered a reputation as one of America’s most sought-after young talent.
A string of hits for various artists, including Highway to Hell and I’m a Believer, solidified Turner’s reputation as a blues-lady outlaw-in-the-making. Along with the hard rock of her upbringing came a dazzling interpretation of popular music, and by the time she was a teenager she already had a number of notable singles under her belt, including the timeless I Get a Kick Out of You! She went on to play honky-tonk standards, folk, and pop until her untimely death at the age of 27.
|Real Name||Anna Mae Bullock|
|Nickname||Anna Mae Turner, Tina Turner, Tina Turner Bach,|
The Burner, The Queen of Rock and Roll
|Profession||Singer, Actress, Dancer, Choreographer|
|Net Worth||$200 million|
|Height in Feet Inches||5 ft 4 in|
|Height in Centimeter||163 cm|
|Height in Meter||1.63 m|
|Weight in Kilogram||58 kg|
|Weight in Pounds||129 lbs|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Body Measurements||36-29-38 in or 91.5-74-96.5 cm|
|Waist Size||29 Inches|
|Hip Size||38 Inches|
|Shoe Size||8.5 (US) or 39 (EU)|
|Dress Size||10 (US) or 14 (UK)|
|Date of Birth||November 26, 1939|
|Birth Place||Nutbush, Tennessee, USA|
|Birth Sign/ Zodiac Sign||Sagittarius|
|Father||Floyd Richard Bullock (Sharecropper in Poindexter farm)|
|Mother||Zelma Priscilla (nee Currie) (Homemaker)|
|Siblings||Ruby Aillene (Older Sister)|
|School||Flagg Grove Elementary School|
Sumner High School
|Current Relationship/ Affair||Unknown|
|Marriage and Children|
|First Film||Gimme Shelter (1970)|
|First Television Show||The Big T.N.T Show (1966)|
|First Album||Tina Turns the Country On!|
|Favorite Food||Fried Chicken|
|Favorite Film||Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)|
|Favorite TV Show||Unknown|
In her final years, Tina managed to maintain a relatively youthful appearance, and her reputation as a great blues vocalist notwithstanding, she still looked remarkably well in her age. Her untimely death caused much speculation regarding her final music but what is certain is that her voice was on its last legs. Her reputation only grew after her death, as she became one of the most well-known elderly blueswomen in history, thanks to the work of her longtime companion, harmonica player and harmonica legend Larry Carlton. Carlton wrote an oral biography of Tina Turner, which he performed at the time of her death and continues to perform to this day. In the liner notes to this album, Carlton referred to his idol as “Tina,” and dedicated the song to her.
But back to Tina Turner’s musical side. Following the years of her illustrious career in the field of gospel music, where she had recorded several popular albums (including a top ten single), Turner decided to make a return to the world of country music. After the disappointment of her first attempts, Turner turned her attention to the great Texas blues-smithy of Gene Vincent, who had just produced one of her best songs, “Don’t Take Me Alive.” Vincent wrote the lyrics for the track, and the rest is history. The song became one of many first singles that would go on to become hits, and “Don’t Take Me Alive” would go on to become one of the many legendary hits from The Oldie Money Kid’s first major record, Here We Are Now.
The release of Tina Turner’s first CD after being away from the gospel and blues scene helped launch her career into the spotlight. While she released another few singles throughout the remainder of her career, the first and last single that she released while away from her fans was “I’m a Country Girl.” The album, which featured back-up vocals by the legendary animal rights activist and mother, euthanized four horses at the bidding of her own fan, prompting nationwide demonstrations against horse slaughter. While her fans were outraged at the gleeful ways in which she was able to kill four innocent animals, they were also inspired by their idol, Tina Turner, to stand up to the abuse of animals.
The lyrics to “I’m A Country Girl” served as the basis for the hit single from The Wildest Dreams album, which was an immediate success and would go on to be certified platinum in both the United States and United Kingdom. Both the single and the album went on to become hits in their own right, and their popularity only increased after Turner made a guest appearance on the popular television show, Saturday Night Live, performing her own cover of the same tune. From there, she began a fifteen-year career as one of the biggest rock star voices in the world, with the release of her last studio album, Dance, which was met with critical acclaim. She finally retired from the public eye in 2004, but her impact on music and the lives of millions of listeners cannot be erased. Tina Turner is the rock star that influenced us all.