Tina Turner, Anna Mae Bullock

Singer and actress Tina Turner (1939–    ), who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, and spent part of her growing-up year in St. Louis, Missouri, has been described as the “hardest-working woman in show business.” Singing gospel at age three, she moved from that arena through soul on her way to becoming a “rock goddess.” At age sixteen, while performing in St. Louis, she met pianist Ike Turner, leader of an R&B band, the Kings of Rhythm. She began singing with the band and, in 1958, married Ike and took the stage name Tina Turner. In 1976, after leaving that relationship, she began a solo career that skyrocketed with the release of a 1984 album Private Dancer, featuring the song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Today, she is known worldwide as one of the greatest female rock stars and is especially popular in Europe, although she retired at the end of her 2008 final tour. The GRAMMY-winning singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Her 1986 autobiography I, Tina, was adapted as the 1993 film What's Love Got To Do with It. In 2013, she became a citizen of Switzerland.

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Last modified: 28 August 2019