27 August 2010

Rock n Roll Oldies: Ike & Tina Turner- 1973

Tina Turner's amazing career has spanned more than 50 years now. She has won numerous awards, and her achievements in the rock music genre have earned her the title The Queen of Rock n Roll.

Turner started out in the business with husband Ike Turner in the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. A favorite of contemporaries and critics alike, many of their singles failed to chart... but commercial success came in spurts, from 1966 hit River Deep, Mountain High on-through 1971's Proud Mary... a song covered from Creedence Clearwater Revival, and one which producer Phil Spector considered to be his "greatest work".  

Later came allegations of spousal abuse against Ike -a man with a voracious cocaine habit and reportedly an all-round control freak.  But Tina rebounded as a solo artist, launching a string of hits beginning in 1983 with Let's Stay Together and the 1984 release of her album Private Dancer. She has also played various parts in films, most notably as the Acid Queen in Tommy.

One of the world's most popular entertainers, Tina Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist... and has sold over 200 million records worldwide. She has also sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history.

Tina Turner is known for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and widespread international appeal. In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour... one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008-09.

Nutbush City Limits is a 1973 hit, and a favorite of mine... the last for the Ike and Tina act as a pair, it was written by Tina Turner herself, re. the place where she had was entered the world as Anne Marie Bullock in 1939... an unincorporated little burg in the western part of the state, Nutbush, Tennessee

Tina is amazing today, given that she's in her 70s... but the stage act was just on fire in '73... what a performer this woman is: