Known As: Tina Turner
Birth Name: Annie Mae Bullock
Birth date : November 26, 1939
Birth Place : Brownsville, TN, USA
Anna Mae Bullock (Tina's real name) was born on November
26 1938, in Nutbush, Tennessee. She is the daughter
of a sharecropper and soon became an international female
rock star with her powerful voice, her unforgettable
story, and let's not forget, her remarkable trademark
Everything started when she attended a St-Louis high
school when Tina met Ike Turner, a well-established
R&B bandleader (Turner's Kings of Rhythm). She started
to sing with the band and soon got involved with the
saxophone player and had her first son, Raymond. She
quickly moved into Ike's house, began a serious a relationship,
and eventually gave birth to her second baby. Tina and
Ike later married in a quick Tijuana ceremony. This
alliance turned out to be illegal because Ike never
bothered to divorce his first wife.
Their marriage marked the beginning of a long, cruel
journey for the talented singer. Tina's life was completely
controlled by Ike who forced her to work a grueling
tour schedule and beat her if she disobeyed his orders.
Tina' s energy, dynamism and grueling voice got her
on top of the pop-rock act with hits such as River Deep
Mountain and Proud Mary.
She acquired her quest for worldwide fame when she
opened for the Rolling Stones in 1969. She made such
a good impression that Mick Jagger still uses some of
her on-stage moves in his current acts. Tina soon had
enough of Ike's possessive behavior, and after a failed
suicide attempt, walked out on him with thirty-six cents
and a gas station credit card. It didn't look like a
promising career move for Tina; many believed she would
disappear from the music scene without Ike's musical
weight supporting her.
She didn't fight for any financial compensation and
decided to live in total freedom. Tina slowly climbed
her way back into the music scene by working small time
nightclub gigs six days a week. Joining strength with
Australian manager Roger Davies, Tina released the multi-platinum
Grammy-winning album Private Dancer in 1984, with hit
singles like What's Love Got To Do With It? and Better
Be Good to Me.
Tina also hit the big screen playing a role in The
Who's Tommy. She also hit it big alongside Mel Gibson
in Mad Max: Beyond The Thunder Dome, both with her acting
role and her hit theme song. Next, she embarked on a
twenty-five-country Break Every Rule tour in 1987, and
dominated with very high ticket sales around the world.
Tina dominated the music scene not only with her singing
talent, but by being the "Comeback Queen"
with tremendous on-stage presence as she bopped around
with her micro-mini skirt, high heels, and leonine mane.
She also came out with an autobiography, I Tina, which
led to the hit film What's Love Got To Do With It.
With fans such as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton
John, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, and Mark Knopfler, she
has become one of the most accomplished performers of
her time. And believe it or not, after more than thirty
years of career, she still goes on stage reaching millions
of fans with her singing and heartfelt dancing. If we
can come away with one lesson from this star's life,
it's that no matter how much adversity one goes through
- their Wildest Dreams can indeed come true!