Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939)
Tina Turner is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress known as one of the world's biggest-selling music artists of all time. To date, Turner has 7 Billboard top 10 singles and has 33 Top 40 hits in the UK and sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer ever.
Tina Turner: Net Worth
In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Tina Turner had a net worth of 200 million USD.
Tina Turner: Childhood
Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, Haywood County, Tennessee. Her parents were Zelma Priscilla and Floyd Richard Bullock who worked alongside the sharecroppers on the farm where she was born.
As a child, she lived with her religious grandparents Alex and Roxanna Bullock when her parents went to work during World War II. She later moved back with her parents who had moved to Knoxville. When she was still young, her mother left the family after years of abuse from Floyd, and when Floyd re-married she went to live with her grandmother Georgeanna.
She attended Flagg Grove Elementary School and used to sing in a church choir. She later attended Carver High School in Brownsville where she became a cheerleader and played on the basketball team. Her grandmother died during high school, prompting her to move back to her mother in St. Louis. She graduated from Sumner High School and became an assistant nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Tina Turner: Career
In St. Louis, Tina met musician Ike Turner and later asked him if she could sing for him. Ike was initially sceptical, but after much persistence on Bullock's part, Ike Turner eventually decided to let her perform for him.
In 1960, when a singer scheduled to record the song, 'A Fool In Love', didn't appear, Bullock stepped in and recorded the vocals instead. 'A Fool In Love' was a huge R&B hit reaching #2 crossing over to the top 30 of the US pop chart.
Ike changed Bullock's name to Tina and his band's to The Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Ike and Tina Turner recorded a string of hits in the 1960s, including the groundbreaking 'River Deep, Mountain High' with producer Phil Spector.
Ike ruled with an iron fist. While a fine musician and an early rock and roll influence, his temperament eventually led to their decline as his drug abuse worsened. This controlling (and often violent) atmosphere caused the musicians and backup singers to come and go frequently.
In 1984, Turner released her fifth solo album, Private Dancer which established Turner as a credible solo artist.
It charted a total of five top forty singles and three singles reached the top ten in the states. Capitol issued the number-one hit 'What's Love Got to Do With It', which helped Turner win 'Record Of The Year', 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' at the 1985 Grammy Awards.
Private Dancer remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. Worldwide the album has been estimated having sold between 10-11 million copies, although some estimate closer to 20 million copies, making it Turner's most successful solo album.
Turner entered the Guinness Book of World Records during her 'Break Every Rule' tour when she performed in front of the largest paying audience ever to see a single performer. The audience was made up of over 184,000 spectators at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 1989, Turner released Foreign Affair. This album sold over 6 million copies worldwide and received a Grammy nomination for 'Best Female Rock Vocal performance' at the 1989 Annual Grammy Awards.
The following year, Steamy Windows, received a Grammy nomination for 'Best Female Rock Vocal performance'. It spawned a variety of different hit singles with the most enduring being the hit 'The Best' (often referred to as 'Simply the Best'), originally a song on a Bonnie Tyler album.
The song peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Hot 100, and peaked at number five in the United Kingdom. Also, "I Don't Wanna Lose You," peaked at #8 on the UK Charts.
In 1995, Turner recorded the title theme of the James Bond film 'GoldenEye', penned by Bono and The Edge of U2.
Shortly thereafter, Turner released her eighth original studio album, entitled Wildest Dreams. In the same year she embarked in her record breaking 'Wildest Dreams' world tour becoming one of the most extensive tours ever by a single performer grossing over $100 million in Europe alone.
Tina officially announced that she would embark on her last major arena and stadium promotional tour. Ending on a high note, her 'Twenty Four Seven' world tour grossed over $80 million in the US alone. It became the 5th biggest concert tour ever in the U.S, earning her the title of top-grossing tour in the year 2000.
On April 29, 2008, Turner announced that she will embark on her 'Tina: Live in Concert' tour in early October.
Tina Turner: Personal Life
In 1958, Turner had a child with Raymond Hill - saxophonist for the band Kings of Rhythm. In 1960, she had her only child with Ike Turner. In the same year, Ike's two children from his first wife came to live with the couple. They married in 1962 in Mexico but divorced after 16 years with Tina claiming physical abuse. When they separated, all four children remained living with Tina Turner.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
As the feature film Wonder Woman 1984 has just been released we take a look back at the wonder women of music from 1984.
As Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman 1984 seems to be everywhere at the moment we thought we'd take a look back at the wonder women of music back in 1984. DC Comics inspirational character is strong, independent and driven, a quality possessed by our top ten female artists from 1984. Back then the UK had a woman PM (Let's not get into whether she was ever wonderful), the women of Tenko were still plotting their escape, Juliet Bravo was keeping the streets of Hartley safe and Miss Ellie, Sue Ellen and Pam were still keeping the men folk of Dallas in check. 1984 was also the year of Band Aid, Footloose, Ghostbusters and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. All girl groups were more popular than ever with Sister Sledge, The Pointer Sisters, The Weather Girls and Bananarama all making a significant contribution to the music of 1984. Other acts to feature a female lead also made their mark; Annie Lennox as part of Eurythmics, Alannah Currie as part of The Thompson Twins and Elizabeth Fraser (arguably the voice of a generation) with The Cocteau Twins. Today though we are focusing on the individual and wow what an incredible cast we've assembled.
Madonna in 1984. Picture by James Colburn.
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Tina Turner's former school in Tennessee has been turned into a museum dedicated to the life and career of the singer.
Tina Turner's former school has been turned into a museum dedicated to the 74-year-old singer. The opening ceremony, which took place on Friday (26th September), was attended by more than 100 people with Turner sending a video message to those in attendance.
Tina Turner's former school is now a museum dedicated to her.
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Oprah Winfrey apologised for naming Switzerland in a retelling of a racial incident which happened to occur in the country. Winfrey was keen to emphasise the incident was "not an indictment against the country".
Oprah Winfrey has apologised for naming Switzerland in a recent interview responding to a question on racism.
Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler, held at Regal Cinemas.
Winfrey, whilst speaking to the BBC at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler, apologised for naming the country. She said "I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposely did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland."
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Swiss shop girl refutes claim that she told Oprah Winfrey a handbag was "too expensive."
The world rallied around chatshow host Oprah Winfrey last week when she claimed to be a victim or racial prejudice whilst out shopping in the Swiss city of Zurich. The 59 year-old, who is the world's only African-American billionaire, told Entertainment Weekly, via Sky News, how she was in Switzerland to attend the wedding of soul diva Tina Turner and decided to do a little shopping. The media mogul entered an exclusive boutique and was told, even after repeated requests, that a £24,477 ($38,000) was "too expensive" for her and was offered other, cheaper handbags.
Oprah Winfrey's Account Of Her Handbag Shopping Experience Was Different To That Of The Assistant's.
The world reeled in shock on Ms. Winfrey's behalf as the unsavoury connotations that arose from the Swiss shop girl's words painted an ugly picture of not only the shop, but the country in some people's eyes. Trudie Goetz, the owner of the boutique that was later revealed as Trois Pommes and who also attended Turner's wedding the day after, apologised and described the incident as a "misunderstanding" and that Oprah was "absolutely allowed" to look at the bag behind the security screen, admitting that her staff member's English "isn't...good."
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Oprah Winfrey's claims of encountering racism whilst shopping Zurich have been denied by the shop assistant who, allegedly, refused to show Winfrey a handbag because it was "too expensive."
The sales assistant who allegedly refused to show Oprah Winfrey a handbag in an exclusive Swiss handbag boutique, has denied claims that her actions were racially motivated and says that Winfrey's claims are "absurd".
Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Winfrey was staying in Zurich whilst attending the wedding celebrations of Tina Turner and Erwin Bach. Winfrey claims to have stepped out of her hotel for a quick shopping spree which ended abruptly when she came across, allegedly, an incident of implied racism in Trois Pomme, an exclusive handbag store.
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Oprah Winfrey appears to have been the victim of racism whilst shopping in a Swiss handbag store. The talk-show host said, during a recent interview, a sales assistant in a Zurich shop had refused to show her a product because it was "too expensive".
Oprah Winfrey seems to have been the victim of racism whilst visiting Switzerland. The claim follows an incident in which a shop assistant refused to show Winfrey a bag, saying it was "too expensive".
Oprah Winfrey at the New York premiere of The Butler.
Winfrey was in Switzerland attending Tina Turner's wedding when the incident occurred in late July. Whilst shopping in Zurich, Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight: "I go into a store and say to the woman, "'excuse me, may I see that bag over your head?' and she says to me 'no, it's too expensive.'" Winfrey proceeded to ask again to see the bag but the sales assistant responded "no, no, no, you don't want to see that one, you want to see this one, because that one will cost too much and you will not be able to afford that."
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The Zurich is denying that Oprah was the victim of racial discrimination.
The owner of luxury store in Zurich has denied refusing to sell Oprah Winfrey a designer bag on account of her race.
In two U.S interviews this week, Winfrey - one of the richest women on the planet - said she was discouraged from viewing a Tom Ford crocodile handbag because the shop assistant said it was "too expensive" for her.
Winfrey was in Zurich for the wedding of Tina Turner when she took a trip to luxury store Trois Pommes, asking to see Tom Ford's classic 'Jennifer' bag - named at Jennifer Aniston - with a view to buying it for 35,000 Swiss francs ($24k).
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Talkshow host told a luxury handbag was "too expensive" for her.
US talkshow host Oprah Winfrey has suffered a humiliatingly racist shopping experience in the Swiss city of Zurich. The 59 year-old, currently the world's only African-American billionaire, was told she couldn't even see a £24,477 handbag by the boutique shop assistant who implied there was no point because the bag was "too expensive" for Ms. Winfrey.
Oprah Has Told Of The Humiliating Racial Prejudice She Suffered In Switzerland.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, as reported by Sky News, Oprah told of how she was in Switzerland to attend the wedding of soul diva Tina Turner and her music biz fiancé, Erwin Bach. Whilst there, she decided to do a spot of shopping in the city that is famed for its upmarket retail experience. "I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn't have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals," said Oprah, adding "But obviously The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich."
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The singer has been in a happy relationship with her beau for 27 years.
Tina Turner, a true old school diva has finally surrendered her single lady status and married her boyfriend of decades, Erwin Bach. The singer, 73, had the private ceremony in Switzerland. The diva married the German producer in a civil ceremony and the couple are planning to have a Buddhist celebration at their home on the banks of Lake Zurich on Sunday, according to Reuters.
What's love got to do with it?
Turner and Bach have been together for 27 years – more than can be said for most celebrity couples – and they have lived together in Zurich, Switzerland, for 15 of them. It appears that the icon of rock, R&B, soul – pick a genre you like – has finally found happiness in her second marriage. Her first husband was the infamous Ike Turner, whom Tina married in 1962 and divorced fourteen years later. A decade after the fact, she revealed in her memoir I, Tina that Ike had been physically abusive.
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Soul singer Tina Turner, 73, has married her 57 year-old German beau Erwin Bach in a Swiss ceremony.
Tina Turner has married German record producer Erwin Bach in an exclusive ceremony on the shores of the beautiful Lake Zurich near their Kusnacht home. The pair have been dating since the eighties, with Turner publicly stating they'd never get married after her first marriage to Ike Turner turned out to be a toughie. Back when their engagement was announced earlier this year the media exploded with whoops of "toyboy!" and "cougar!" but it seems that their age difference - 16 years - has had no negative impact upon the happiness of their relationship.
Tina Turner, Soul Diva, Has Given Marriage Another Shot.
In 2006, Turner dispelled any notion that she and Bach would ever exchange vows during an interview with Oprah Winfrey (as reported by The Daily Mail), voicing her concerns over the implications of a marriage: "People often ask me why don't I marry. I have love. I have a good life. I don't need to interfere with that. For some people, marriage means "You're mine now."
Continue reading: Tina Turner Marries Record Company Boss Erwin Bach In Switzerland
Tina Turner at the Armani Haute Couture spring/summer 2010 fashion show held at the Palais de Chaillot Paris, France - 25.01.10 **Only available for publication in the Where: UK, United States When: 25 Jan 2010
Date of birth
26th November, 1939