Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Summer School of Rock ~ Tina Turner

There are so very many things going on in the world, with my friends, in my own life right now that I can hardly think straight let alone speak a coherent sentence right now. Garbled nonsense is all that is coming out of me when I try to talk or write about the things that are going on, then I can feel the anxiety rising up and putting its hands around my neck.


In order to hopefully avoid a full blown panic attack right now, I'm writing this instead. And I've been meaning to get back to the music posts anyway. So here we are.

I had a few other bands and performers lined up before this one, but I think the world needs some Tina Turner right now.

In fact, I may have showed the Proud Mary video to my son a few nights ago to remind him that women can rock just as hard as the men can, do it forever and still kick ass after many many years on stage.

This video, in fact.

She was 70 years old in that video. FOR THE LOVE.

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Tennessee in 1939, she was raised by several different family members over the years and grew up singing in church. She wanted to become a nurse, but that all changed when she saw Ike performing in a club one night and felt pulled to the stage to perform. One night, a drummer with the Kings of Rhythm gave her a microphone. Shortly thereafter she was invited to perform with the band.

When another singer failed to show up for a recording session, she got the lead.

Ike insisted she change her name to Tina, though the reasons aren't entirely clear. Some say it was to ensure that if she left the band, he could replace her with another woman easier. Others say it was to discourage her from trying to make a name for herself.

Ike started beating her very early on in the relationship, and their marriage would become one filled with drug abuse and violence, even as they were successful on stage together. The abusive nature of their marriage was the center of the 1993 film What's Love Got To Do With It.

They opened for the Rolling Stones on tour in 1969 and shot to fame.The duo recorded and toured together until the mid 1970s. Tina filed for divorce in 1976 and started performing solo in Vegas the following year. Her 1984 album Private Dancer was a smash hit solidifying her career without Ike. She won four Grammys the following year and starred in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. 

She can dance, she can sing, she can act, she can do it all. And she's a badass. So there's that.

And those legs. My goodness.

She even holds a Guinness World Record for performing before the largest audience ever with Paul McCartney. She moved to Switzerland in the early 90s. She and Ike were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Ike was in jail at the time of the ceremony, and though her career after they broke up was far more successful, she has yet to be inducted as a solo artist.

She moved to Switzerland in the early 90s and would consider herself to be semi-retired these days, though she showed up on stage beside Beyonce in 2008. Tina was a diva before Beyonce was born.

And she still had it. She still totally had it.

Hey, Hall of might want to get her another nod.

“Physical strength in a woman -- that's what I am.”
~Tina Turner


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