Tina Turner – Biography, Awards, Career

Tina Turner was born on  November 26, 1939. He is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who was born in Switzerland. Tina Turner age is 81 years old. She is widely considered the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and one of the best musicians of the twentieth century.


Turner rose to fame as the main singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before going on to have a successful solo career.

Turner’s first album, Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, was released in 1957. In 1958, she released her first single, “Boxtop,” under the moniker Little Ann. Tina Turner made her debut in 1960 with the hit single “A Fool in Love.” The duo went on to become “one of history’s most scary live acts.”

Before disbanding in 1976, Tina Turner famous songs are “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” “River Deep – Mountain High,” the Grammy-winning “Proud Mary,” and “Nutbush City Limits.”Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with over 100 million albums sold.


She has been honored with a total of 12 Grammy Prizes, including eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

She was the first black artist to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, as well as the first female. She was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She has a star on both the Hollywood and St. Louis Walks of Fame.

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with Ike Turner in 1991 and again in 2021 as a solo artist.

Turner was also honored with the Kennedy Center Honors in 2005.

Tina Turner – Early life

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock, the youngest daughter of Zelma Priscilla and Floyd Richard Bullock, on November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee. Her father worked as an overseer of the sharecroppers at Poindexter Farm on Highway 180, where the family lived in the surrounding rural unincorporated village of Nutbush, Tennessee; she subsequently recounted picking cotton with her family as a child.


Turner had previously thought she had a lot of Native American blood in her veins.

Evelyn Juanita Currie and Ruby Alline Bullock were Bullock’s older sisters. Eugene Bridges’ first cousin once removed is also her. When their parents moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work at a defense facility during World War II, the three sisters were separated as kids.

Bullock went to live with her strict, pious paternal grandparents, Alex and Roxanna Bullock, who were pastors and deaconesses at the Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church, respectively. The sisters reunited with their parents after the war and relocated to Knoxville with them.


Bullock sang in the church choir at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Nutbush as a child. Her mother Zelma ran away from her terrible relationship with Floyd when she was 11 years old, going to St. Louis in 1950. Her father married another lady and moved to Detroit in 1952, two years after her mother left the family.

Bullock and her sisters were moved to Brownsville, Tennessee, to live with their maternal grandmother, Georgeanna Currie.

The family moved back to Nutbush two years later, to the Flagg Grove neighborhood, where Bullock attended Flagg Grove Elementary School from first to eighth grade.

Tina Turner – Personal life

Turner (then Ann Bullock) fell in love for the first time with Harry Taylor while still in Brownsville. At a high school basketball game, they met. Taylor went to a separate school at first but later moved closer to her.


“Harry was super successful and had dozens of girlfriends,” she told Rolling Stone in 1986, “but eventually I got him, and we went steady for a year.”

When she found out that Taylor had married another female he had pregnant, their relationship ended.

Bullock and her sister Alline were acquainted with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm after moving to St. Louis. Bullock began dating saxophonist Raymond Hill, while Alline was dating the band’s drummer Eugene Washington.

She moved in with Hill, who resided with Ike Turner, after becoming pregnant during her final year of high school. She chatted: “I didn’t care for him as much as I cared for Harry. He was, however, attractive. ‘My baby is going to be gorgeous,’ I thought.” Hill fractured his ankle in a wrestling battle with Kings of Rhythm singer Carlson Oliver, and their relationship came to an end.


Before their son Craig was born in August 1958, Hill left for his hometown of Clarksdale, leaving Bullock as a single parent.

Tina Turner – Awards

Turner is the first musician to have a top 40 hit in each of the last seven decades in the United Kingdom, with a total of 35 top 40 songs. She has sold more than 100 million records globally, including ten million certified RIAA album sales.

  • Turner was the first black artist and first female on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967

  • World Music Awards presented Turner with the Legend Award in 1993

  • Essence Awards honored Turner with the Living Legend Award in 1993

  • Turner received the accolade of Légion d’Honneur from the French education minister in 1996

  • Turner ranked No.2 on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll in 1999

  • Between Brownsville and Nutbush, Tennessee State Route 19 was renamed “Tina Turner Highway” in 2002.

  • Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner was voted No. 1 by Rolling Stone.

  • 212 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003

  • People ranked her 1985 performance of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” as one of the top 10 Grammy moments in 2004
  • Rolling Stone ranked Turner No. 17 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008

  • Time magazine named her 1985 performance of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” as one of the top ten Grammy moments of all time in 2009.

  • Rolling Stone ranked Turner No. 63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2010

  • Turner became the oldest person (at the age of 73) to cover Vogue Germany in 2013, surpassing Meryl Streep (at the age of 62) who covered American Vogue in 2012.

  • She was voted No. 2 on ABC’s list of the 30 best women in music in 2013.

  • In 2014 Turner was inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame.

  • In 2015 Rolling Stone ranked Ike & Tina Turner No. 2 on their list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.

  • In 2015, the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame inducted Ike and Tina Turner.

  • In 2016 An image of Turner taken by Jack Robinson in 1969 was used as the cover for The Last Shadow Puppets album Everything You’ve Come to Expect.

  • In 2019 Turner was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

  • In 2020 Private Dancer was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

  • In 2021 Turner became a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Tina Turner, whose real name is Anna Mae Bullock, currently lives a quiet life. She’s 81 years old and hasn’t performed in almost a decade. That does not, however, imply that she has been idle. In 2018, she released a new autobiography titled My Love Story.

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