Tina Turner; “…Tearing Your ‘Soul’ Apart…”

“I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you”. Tina Turner


Anna Mae Bullock (born November 26, 1939), known by her stage name Tina Turner,is a singer, dancer, actress, author, and choreographer, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards

“After I moved with my mother to St. Louis, my older sister and I went to see Ike Turner, who was the hottest then. His music charged me. I was never attracted to him, but I wanted to sing with his band”. Tina Turner


Ike Wister Turner (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. In a career that lasted more than half a century, his repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk

Around the time he was starting out with The Kings of Rhythm, Turner and Ernest Lane became unofficial roadies for blues singer Robert Nighthawk, who often played live on WROX. The pair played drums and piano on radio sessions and supported Nighthawk at blues dates around Clarksdale. Playing with Nighthawk allowed Turner to gig regularly and build up playing experience.


“…We played juke joints; we’d start playing at 8.00pm and wouldn’t get off till 8.00am. No intermissions, no breaks. If you had to go to the restroom, well that’s how I learned to play drums and guitar! When one had to go, someone had to take his place” Ike Turner

 Ike would spend time afterwards teaching Ann about voice control and performance. In 1958, Ike featured Ann (then going by the name “Little Ann“) and singer Carlson Oliver in his song, “Box Top”, which was a regional hit following its release on Tune Town Records.

 When Lassiter did not show up and due to Ike already booking expensive studio time, he allowed “Little Ann” to sing the song as a “dummy track” for Lassiter. The song made its way through regional radio stations in St. Louis and impressed one radio disk jockey that he told Ike to send the record to Sue Records president Juggy Murray.

Upon hearing the track, an impressed Murray bought the musical rights to the song and gave Ike a $20,000 advance for it, convincing Ike to keep Ann’s voice on the track. Ike renamed the song’s backing female trio “The Ikettes” and also gave “Little Ann” the name “Tina Turner” to rhyme with his favorite television character, Sheena the Queen of the Jungle, and also gave her the name to prevent her from running off with it, in case Ann left, he could give another woman the name of Tina Turner.


 Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. The duo was once considered “one of the hottest, most durable, and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles”.


  “A Fool in Love” became an immediate hit after its release reaching #2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart by August 1960, and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 by that October.  “The blackest record to ever creep the white pop charts since Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say’ Kurt Loder


1962: Dance With Ike & Tina Turner’s Kings of Rhythm

1969: Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm: A Black Man’s Soul

1972: Ike Turner & the Family Vibes: Strange Fruit

1973: Ike Turner Presents the Family Vibes: Confined to Soul

1973: Bad Dreams


 1961 “The Soul of Ike & Tina Turner”

1962 “Dance with Ike & Tina Turner’s Kings of Rhythm”

1963 “Don’t Play Me Cheap” – “Dynamite!” –

“It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” – “Please Please Please”

1964: The Ike & Tina Turner Revue Live 

1965 “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” – Live! The Ike & Tina Turner Show – Festival of Live Performances –  Ike & Tina Show 2

1966 “River Deep – Mountain High”

“Ike & Tina Turner and the Raelettes”

1968 “Outta Season”

“So Fine”

1969 “In Person” – “Fantastic” – “Get It Together” – “Her Man, His Woman” –

“The Hunter”

1970 “Come Together”

1971 “Workin’ Together” – “‘Nuff Said” –

“Something’s Got a Hold on Me” – 

1972 “Feel Good”

“Let Me Touch Your Mind” – –

1973 “Nutbush City Limits” 

1974 “Strange Fruit” – “Sweet Rhode Island Red” – “The Gospel According to Ike and Tina” – “The Great Album”

1977 “Delilah’s Power” 

1978 “Airwaves” 

1980 “The Edge”

 Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including “River Deep – Mountain High” (1966), “Proud Mary” (1971) and “Nutbush City Limits” (1973), a song which she wrote.


 Life, Stage, Burst I never had that thing about being black. If the whole world was like that, maybe there would be more harmony and love. Tina Turner

 I don’t hate myself anymore. I used to hate my work, hated that sexy image, hated those pictures of me onstage, hated that big raunchy person. Onstage, I’m acting the whole time I’m there. As soon as I get out of those songs, I’m Tina again. Tina Turner

 In her autobiography, “I, Tina“, she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. Raised as a Baptist, she melded her faith with Buddhism in 1974, crediting the religion and its spiritual chants for helping her to endure during difficult times


After her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career through performances, though she initially struggled to make an impact on the music charts as a solo artist.

Studio albums

 Tina Turns the Country On! (1974)

Acid Queen (1975)


Role in the 1975 rock musical “Tommy”



Rough (1978)

Love Explosion (1979)


Private Dancer (1984)

 Soundtrack participation: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Break Every Rule (1986)

Foreign Affair (1989)

What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993)

 Wildest Dreams (1996)

Twenty Four Seven (1999)

Beyond: Buddhist and Christian Prayers (2010)

What’s Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 biopic film which tells the life story of Tina Turner. It was directed by Brian Gibson, and stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

Judge: I want you to be very sure about this. This means you’re going to walk out of here with absolutely nothing.

Tina: Except my name. I’ll give up all that other stuff, but only if I get to keep my name. I’ve worked too hard for it, your honor.

 Ike, Sr.: The name is mine. The name got my daddy’s blood on it. If she want to go, she can go wherever she want to go, but the name stays home!

Ike and Tina fought for a year in divorce court arguing over monies. By late 1977, Tina decided to stop her pursuit of any financial earnings including an apartment complex in Anaheim and another apartment, stating to her lawyer that her freedom “was more important”.Tina also agreed to retain only the use of her stage name, since it was found in court that Ike had failed to copyright the name, losing his right to the name.

I want to know what the difference between the essence of a man and woman is. Tina Turner



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