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Tina Turner (1939-2023)

24th May 2023

The 'GoldenEye' queen of rock has died aged 83

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Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, a true icon whose powerful voice and electrifying performances captivated the world, has passed away at the age of 83. Her soulful voice, dynamic stage presence, and indomitable spirit made her an enduring legend in the music industry.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina rose above humble beginnings to become one of the most influential and beloved figures in the history of music. Her incredible talent and determination led her on an extraordinary journey that touched the hearts of millions around the globe.

Tina's career spanned over six decades, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music. With her former husband Ike Turner, she formed the dynamic duo "Ike & Tina Turner" and created timeless hits such as "River Deep – Mountain High" and "Proud Mary." However, it was her solo career that truly showcased her extraordinary talent and allowed her to shine as an independent artist.

In the 1980s, Tina experienced a remarkable resurgence with her album "Private Dancer," which featured chart-topping singles like "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Private Dancer." Her powerful voice and energetic performances captured the hearts of a new generation, solidifying her status as a musical legend.

Beyond her musical achievements, Tina Turner's personal journey of resilience and strength inspired countless individuals. She faced numerous personal and professional challenges throughout her life but emerged as a beacon of hope and empowerment. Her autobiography, "I, Tina," and subsequent biographical film, "What's Love Got to Do with It," shed light on the hardships she endured and the courage she displayed in reclaiming her life.

Her big screen debut came in 1975 when she played The Acid Queen in Ken Russell's 1975 musical epic 'Tommy.' She followed it up three years later with the fantasy comedy 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Her biggest screen role though was as Aunty Entity opposite Mel Gibson in George Miller's 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.' Turner, who had to shave her head for her character's wig to fit, also shot the music video for 'We Don't Need Another Hero' on the set. 

A few years would pass before her next big screen opportunity in a cameo as The Mayor in John McTiernan's 'Last Action Hero' opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it would not be long after that the most famous screen hero came calling. 

When Bono and The Edge were approached for the 'GoldenEye' title theme, they wrote the song but refused to perform it, stating that it should be sung by a female vocalist. "I was sitting at my home in Zurich, and Bono sent me the worst demo," Turner said on the recent 'The Sound of 007' documentary.

"He kind of threw it together as if he thought I wasn't gonna do it. I don't think he really meant for me to sing it. He said 'It's a little bit rough' and I thought 'how do I put this together?' It wasn't showing me what the melody was. He said it'll come together in the studio. And, true enough, it came together in the studio. I sang it how I would sing it and even Bono was impressed. 

Tina's impact extended far beyond the realm of music. She was an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, using her own experiences to raise awareness and support. Her unwavering spirit and determination to overcome adversity made her a symbol of resilience and an inspiration to all who faced their own trials.

Tina Turner's extraordinary career earned her countless accolades and honors. She received multiple Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her influence on popular culture cannot be overstated, and her music continues to resonate with generations of fans.

On May 24, 2023, Turner died at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, aged 83, following a long illness, including cancer, strokes, and kidney failure in her final years.

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