Tina Turner has been working in the music industry for over fifty years, having started out with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in the 1950s. Her original stage name was Little Ann, in reference to her real name (Anna Mae Bullock). When she and her husband began the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in 1965, her current stage name became well-known to the public. Over time, she became a legend in the music world as well as a sex symbol to many. After it surfaced that she had suffered physical abuse in her marriage, her legendary beauty and gift for performance was supplemented in the eyes of many by the image of grace and endurance under adversity.
This same endurance has shone through in some of her songs, including some of the ones that she recorded with Ike. Particularly notable are “Proud Mary,” as well as “Nutbush City Limits,” in which her story is very present. There is also her song for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” There are many who do, however, think of her as a hero to women everywhere. When a movie was made of her relationship with Ike Turner, entitled What’s Love Got to Do with It, she argued with executives over the fact that she felt the film portrayed her too much as a victim. She may have suffered abuse, but she did not believe in allowing herself to become victimized by it.
Of course, while her endurance is certainly an integral part of her longevity, her career would not have lasted so long if not for her tremendous voice. In the film version of the Who’s Tommy, she appeared for the song “Acid Queen.” She was also known for her songs with Ike, such as “River Deep – Mountain High,” as well as other songs such as “Private Dancer,” “Typical Male,” “Love Thing” and the James Bond theme “GoldenEye.”
Over the course of her fifty-year career, Tina Turner has garnered a number of accolades. Not only has she received eight different Grammy Awards, but she was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has her own Walk of Fame star on Hollywood Boulevard, and she is known by many for having managed to retain her looks well into her 70s, becoming the oldest cover model for an issue of Vogue magazine in 2013.
This is nothing new, as Tina Turner’s looks have always been highly related to her stardom. Even President George W. Bush commented on her looks after meeting her. More specifically, he commented on her legs. People have always admired Tina Turner’s legs in particular, to the extent that those who have compared the meteoric rise of Beyoncé Knowles to that of Tina Turner have sometimes even compared side-by-side photos of the two to show that their legs were similar.
Between her beauty, her inner strength, and the sheer power of her voice, Tina Turner has become one of the most influential women in the music industry. She has released dozens of singles, and still performs frequently whenever she has a chance.
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