Tina Turner: an extraordinary life in photos

 Tina - The legend is Tina Turner. One of the world’s all-time favorite female artists was, deservedly, dubbed ‘The Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll’. 

Tough beginnings - As many know, Tina started her life in very humble beginnings. 

Ike Turner - She found solace in creating music with Ike Turner. He was everything to Tina, from director to inspiration and, eventually husband.

From backing singer to leading ladyIn 1960, Ike Turner wrote 'A Fool in Love' for Art Lassiter, who, believe it or not, failed to show up to the studio session. 

Tina is born - Anna Mae Bullock became ‘Tina Turner’ for the first time with 'A Fool in Love' and it shot straight to No. 2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart. It was her first hit single.

River Deep - Mountain High - They were eventually spotted by producer Phil Spector, who made sure Tina was in front of the mic and he produced the monumental ‘River Deep - Mountain High’.

'Proud Mary' and 'Nutbush City Limits' - Their two biggest hits, the well-loved cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' (1971) and their own 'Nutbush City Limits' (1973).

Substance abuse and violence - Ike had a serious drug problem and these issues escalated, leaving Tina’s fortunes hanging by a thread.

An abusive relationship that came to an end - She wrote about the abusive relationship she endured with her husband Ike in her autobiography, I, Tina. 

From soul star to rock star - Her new manager made a suggestion - he advised her to refashion herself as a rock star, as opposed to a traditional soul singer. 

Get by with a little help from David Bowie - She get herself a new recording deal with Capitol Records thanks for her good old pal Davie Bowie giving a little nudge in order to make it happen. 

Music Television - MTV definitely helped. The launch of this visual music channel meant that Tina was watched (and loved) all around the world. 

On the rise at 44 - At 44 years old, Tina was reaching the heights of her career.

Hollywood success - Tina took to the big screen as Aunty Entity in 'Mad Max' alongside Mel Gibson. It was a box-office hit and she looked incredible as an Amazonian ruthless ruler.

Still an incredible beauty - In 2013, Tina appeared on the cover of German Vogue.

A lifetime of service to music - Tina, deservedly, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. An incredible life of music to look back on.

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