Happy Birthday, Tina Turner – the superwoman turns 80.
How a little girl from rural Tennessee rose to become a worldwide superstar and finally became a Swiss citizen by the side of a German. Tina Turner turns 80 on Tuesday, November 26th. We honor her sensational career in eight chapters.
She is the personification of the rock legend: Tina Turner built a world career. On Tuesday, the singer turns 80 – the tribute to a sensational career in eight chapters.
1.A girl from Tennessee: Tina Turner turns 80 on Tuesday. We do not believe that, but congratulate anyway. Tina was born in Tennessee in 1939, in the heartland of the racist, lynch-loving Ku Klux Klan town of Nutbush, about whose “City Limits” she later sang as an adult. The later rhythm ‘n’ blues was still called racemusic in those days – black and white celebrated, danced, sang separately. And the little girl, who was named Anna Mae Bullock before her fateful meeting with the musician Ike Turner in St. Louis, first went dutyfull to the Flagg Grove School and to the Brownsville Gospel Choir. Where Tina, as at least in the cinema biopic “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1993) with Angela Bassett in mind and ears, sung herself out of the row. In her autobiography “I, Tina” she remembered the “scent of honeysuckle blossoms” and the “peach trees crouching under the weight of their fruits”, the farm horse that “on its back five small, brown-skinned children carried down the Forked Deer Road “. Deceptively idyllic Haywood County.
2.Ike, the discoverer: Ike Turner from Clarksdale, Mississippi, was Tina’s career starter. The eight-year-older bandleader took her into the business, turning Anna Mae into Tina, the singing volcano, in 1960 with songs like “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” and “A Fool in Love,” and became her husband. He was jealous, violent, and could not endure that his own musical power in the end did not reach beyond the shores of R ‘n’ B. Later, the duo gave it still-fouled cover versions of Beatles and Creedence Clearwater songs – that was it. At least for Ike. Tina’s voice, on the other hand, knew no limits, even if she had a long dry spell ahead of her.
3.A late superstar: In 1983, Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory, the then-popular heads of the British synth pop band Heaven 17, put the old soul ballad “Let’s Stay Together” into a contemporary sound for the then 43-year-old Tina. Just 25 years later, the two Britons were able to call up the hour of the recording in the Madsack interview. “First take – it only took one take,” enthused Ware. “As soon as she started to sing, it was clear,” said Gregory, no less enthusiastic, raising his voice and singing in perfect Turner imitation “Let me say that siiiiiince …”. It was Tina’s comeback song – the year before, the singer, who fled Ike in 1976, had been living on welfare. Then it started, what is called “fairy tales” in showbiz and what is a rare fairy tale: A star was reborn – Tina Turner has sold 180 million records to this day.
4.Eroticism pure. A concert reminder: The song “Steamy Windows” was available at the beginning of the evening. This is about the car windows, behind which the love is made so hot that the windows start to steam. If the Tina, who was then already in the pop senior age, sang something like that, it sounded not at all like a secret from Granny’s memory treasure, but like a freshly made recollection experience, and indeed one to really start to blush. With a lot of big cat in her throat, the singer is blooming from the libidinal “systems going overload”. And being driven up by a jib that was somehow more of an erotic exaltation than a rock ‘n’ roll memorial. “Wow!”, It was thought, when ones glasses became foggy. But for that was sexy Tina then only indirectly guilty. It was the own breath, which had been blown up steeply over the lower lip. Phew!
5. With (almost) age 70 still ticket records: 2008 began the last farewell tour. The tickets for the opening concert in Kansas City on October 1 were sold within two minutes. In the end, Grandmother Soul even sold the most of the 2008 tickets in the US, leaving colleagues like REM and Janet Jackson far behind. Additional dates for North America had been scheduled. And who had previously speculated a little smugly about what 69-year-old ladies are still able to tear on stage, stunned the first eyewitness accounts. Because of no Rock ‘n’ Rollator! In spectacular glittering clothes, in a heart-stopping miniskirt (!), Accompanied by a nine-piece small orchestra Tina was vocally quite the same – whether she crowned in red-hot outfit the “Acid Queen” from the “Tommy” -Musical, whether she overrunned halls with Phil Spector’s soundtrack “River Deep, Mountain High,” or exploring the dramatic depth of the original fast-paced Beatle song “Help” balladesk.
6.The legs end in stilettos – until to the end: Since 30 years younger legs hurt at the mere looking. In February 2009, Tina, the perennial feminine wife, was a little more upbeat than on her many comebacks backstage on German stages, and the still-sensational legs darted into the floor like sewing-machine needles in Empire State high heels. Well, Marlene Dietrich (the one with the other legendary legs) had been on stage at the age of 73. But rather not with the joy of movement but the monument that she had become. At that time, a good ten years ago, everything seemed possible. And even though Tina denied it, we thought we would see her again a few years later, at the age of 75. Tina and we, that was an endless “Let’s Stay Together” full of comebacks. She would stir us up again and break the Marlene record. That seemed to be certain like the amen in the church. But it did not happen. On May 5, 2009, an unprecedented career ended in Sheffield, UK.
7.Silence, retirement and a museum: she love the peace, Tina said in 2009 on the ARD at “Beckmann”. “I just like being at home. There I can listen to the music I like and drink my own favorite wine. “From Cologne, where she was at home for a long time, she moved to Zurich in 1994 with her 16-year-younger life partner Erwin Bach. About Bach, a German, she once said, “No matter where he goes, I’ll go with him.” In 2013, they got married at a Buddhist wedding ceremony, since 2012, the girl from Tennessee is a confederate (swiss). In her second autobiography “My Love Story”, she told in the previous year of a stroke in 2013, a colorectal cancer disease in 2016 and a severe kidney disease in 2017, which she survived only by an organ donation from Bach. In 2018, the musical “Tina” started in London’s Aldwych Theater, and in March 2019, the German version had its premiere – in Tina’s presence – on the Hamburg Reeperbahn. Recently, she made headlines with a lawsuit against a Tina Turner tribute show, in whose posters concert people could believe that real Tina would come. The verdict is expected in January. Incidentally, Tina Turner is no longer American, but America also likes to remember her. In the meantime a Tina Turner Museum has moved into the old Flagg Grove School.