Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage actress who teamed up with her husband Ike Turner for a dynamic series of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and ’70s and survived their horrible marriage to succeed in midlife with the list. -heading “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, he died at the age of 83.
Turner died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Küsnacht., near Zurich, Switzerland, according to his manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.
Few stars have traveled this far (Anna Mae Bullock was born in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her final years in a 260,000-square-foot estate on Lake Zurich) and surpassed so much.
Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar in her own right at age 40, at a time when most of her peers were on the wane, and she was still one of the main concert attractions for Years Later.
With fans ranging from Beyoncé to Mick Jagger, Turner was one of the most successful entertainers in the world, Known for his core of pop, rock, and rhythm and blues favorites: “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” and hits he had in the ’80s, including “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.
His trademarks were his snarling contralto, his bold smile and strong cheekbones, his palette of wigs and the fast-stepping, muscular legs he was not ashamed to show off. She has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won 11 Grammy Awards, was voted with Ike into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and alone in 2021), and was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyonce and Oprah. Winfrey among those who praise her.
His life became the basis for a movie, a Broadway musical, and an HBO documentary in 2021 which he called his public farewell.