Tina Turner's career timeline
Ike & Tina Turner jolt the rock world (1972)
From the Macon Telegraph (Georgia) February 13, 1972
“River Deep, Mountain High” really started the ball rolling with its Phil Spector sound, and the British were losing their proverbial cool when Ike and Tina Turner appeared on stage and television to give them the hottest show they’d ever seen.
But that was a few years back, and the exciting Tina Turner has since turned into a visual phenomenon in the world of music today.
Admittedly performers like James Brown and Sly and the
Family Stone can similarly inspire soul-stirring feelings at times, but there are two essential elements claimed by the Ike and Tina Turner Revue that are shared by no other group in the world. Those two elements, of course, are Ike and Tina Turner.
IMMEDIATELY following their hit in England, America woke up to Ike and Tina; their participation in the 1969-70 Rolling Stones American tour was the final jolt to whatever laggards had still not discovered them. The world suddenly hailed these “newcomers,” who happened to have 20 years of experience behind them.
The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, with a 10-piece band and the three Ikettes, will appear at the Macon Coliseum Friday at 8:30 p.m. Ike Turner was born and introduced to the world of performing in Clarksville, Miss.
At an age when most children are banging on frying pans, Mrs. Turner’s son, six years old, was seeking out pianos to pound. “I didn’t even really know what a piano was,” he has since said. “All I knew was that when I pushed down on the keys it made a sound I liked.”
A woman who lived nearby used to let him make these likeable sounds on the condition that he would then chop wood for her.
HE LATER convinced his mother to buy him a piano, and Ike taught himself to play rhythm and blues and was soon entertaining his friends, relatives, schoolmates, and “anyone else that would listen.”
He finished high school and organized his own band called “Kings of Rhythm” (the Ike and Tina backup group still bears that name today, though the personnel has changed). In 1956 Ike found himself in St. Louis where, under unique circumstances, he met a young lady from Brownsville, Tenn., called Annie Mae Bullock.
She’d grown up in Knoxville and had sung with gospel groups and at local talent shows in that city. She moved to St. Louis in the mid-fifties,
with one of her sisters, and the two girls, music-lovers both, frequented various nightclubs there.
As she recalls it, “Ike was working at one club we used to go to all the time. Well, I used to ask him to let me sing… he’d say okay, but then never call me to the stage.
“One night he was playing organ, and the drummer put a microphone in front of my sister for her to sing. She said, ‘No,’ so I took the microphone and started singing.
Ike was shocked. When he finished the tune, he called me on stage. I did several numbers with them that night… later I
joined the group.”
ON SINGLES like “Do You Mean It?” and “You Made My Blood Run Cold,” recorded in 1957, Ike is accompanied by one Annie Mae Turner on piano. At some point, having changed her last name by marriage, he changed her first name as well, and Tina Turner started tearing up audiences with her sultry, full-strength singing and dancing.
Obituary: Tina Turner's life was as dramatic as her music (1939-2023)
Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll — and a symbol of strength and resilience — passed away on May 24, 2023.
She was a singular figure in music history, whose powerful voice and high-energy performances inspired millions of fans and fellow musicians around the globe.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in Brownsville, Tennessee, on November 26, 1939, Turner began her remarkable career in the late 1950s as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Despite challenging personal circumstances, she rocketed to fame with memorable hits like “Proud Mary” and “River Deep – Mountain High.”
Turner’s incredible success spanned multiple decades. In the 1980s, she re-established herself as a solo artist with the unforgettable — and ultimately her most successful — album “Private Dancer,” and catchy smash hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” (See the video for that in the timeline below!)
Her dynamic stage presence, unmistakable voice, and unique fusion of soul, R&B, rock, and pop solidified her as an influential pioneer in the music industry.
Tina Turner’s accolades include 12 Grammy Awards, along with three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
But her journey didn’t stop at the borders of the United States. Turner had been living in a suburb of Zurich, Switzerland, for many years and, in 2013, she became a Swiss citizen and relinquished her U.S. citizenship, making Switzerland her adopted homeland.
Beyond her music, Tina Turner was a symbol of survival. She overcame abusive relationships, financial ruin, and serious health challenges. Her memoirs and biographical musical became beacons of hope for those facing adversity. Turner was also a devout Buddhist, attributing her resilience to her faith.
Tina Turner’s enduring legacy is that of tenacity, strength, and the unyielding power of music.
Her songs will continue to stir our souls, and her life’s story will remain a testament to the power of resilience. While she will be missed, her music and spirit will resonate for decades to come.