Musical icon and best-selling female singer of all time, Tina Turner, left this world on May 24, 2023, at her home in Switzerland. Her death marks the end of an era for the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.
She rose to fame in the 60s with the song A Fool in Love. The song's title foreshadows how her life would unfold. Her music continued to cross generational lines for years, with a post-marriage solo career and superstardom to follow.
She experienced her first musical record hits in the 1960s. However, her climb to fame came with a lot of suffering. She survived a rough childhood and an extremely abusive marriage with Ike Turner and came out on top with her record sales skyrocketing to well over 100 million.
At a young age, Tina picked cotton in Nutbush, Tennessee. At that time, she went by her birth-given name, Anna Mae Bullock. According to the Daily Mail, she dreamed of a life of glamor and fame as she worked.
The Daily Mail also noted that Turner will forever be known for her towering stiletto heels, body-hugging, thigh-skimming miniskirts, rasping, husky voice, and "raunchy energetic stage shows." All of this stemmed from Ike's influence.
Before her infamous first marriage, she endured abandonment from both parents. Tina blamed them for leaving her because they did not want another child. Her grandmother raised her.
The Daily Mail reports that Tina rose to stardom after years of brutal abuse by her husband, Ike Turner. Ike "changed her name, then made her a star." However, he did so through humiliation, beatings, and control tactics. Once she mustered the courage to break free, she elevated herself to more extraordinary musical greatness.
Tina described her life: "Her story proved that it is possible to turn poison into medicine."
In 1986, she remarried German music executive Erwin Bach and made her home in Switzerland.
A quote by Tina during her career says it all: "It's not what happens but how you deal with it."