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
Paloma Faith performed in front of Sir Tom Jones and thrilled fans at MasterCard's Priceless Moments gig last night (26.08.15).
Paloma Faith sang for Sir Tom Jones at an intimate gig in London last night (26.08.15).
The 'Can't Rely On You' hitmaker impressed the 'Delilah' singer and thrilled competition winners at the MasterCard Priceless Moments evening at The Savoy Hotel with renditions of Etta James' 'At Last', Sinead O'connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' and Tina Turner's 'River Deep Mountain High'.
And Paloma, 34, had people in stitches when she introduced the night and joked about being terrible with money.
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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.
Tina Turner has completed her reinvention as a Swiss miss by fronting a commercial for the country's telecommunications company.
The American-born singer has been living in the European country since her retirement in 2009, and last year (13) she married her longterm boyfriend Erwin Bach in Switzerland, becoming an official citizen.
The soul star expresses how much she loves her new home in a promo for a cell phone app by Swisscom, telling viewers, "I grew up in a little village in Tennessee, but I never felt like I really belonged there. Although I didn't even know Switzerland existed back then, I always acted pretty Swiss...
Continue reading: Tina Turner Shoots Swiss Ad
Paloma Faith admits she had no confidence when she first started performing and didn't think she could sing.
Paloma Faith admits she had no confidence when she first started performing.
The 'Can't Rely On You' singer tried singing when she was 14 but gave up on the idea of a career in music because she didn't believe in herself.
She said: ''I just didn't have the confidence or think I was very good. I then started again when I was 21.
Continue reading: Paloma Faith: I Had No Confidence
The Midnight Train to Georgia hitmaker found fame at a young age, touring with the greats, including Ike and Tina Turner when she was just 16 years old.
And during their time on the road together, Turner became a role model - and make-up artist - for the young singer.
Continue reading: Tina Turner Became First Make-up Artist For Gladys Knight
Singer Tina Turner still has no regrets about retiring from the stage in 2009 - because it was a huge relief not to perform anymore.
The 73-year-old Proud Mary singer reveals she had no reservations about walking away from the spotlight, explaining it was a long time coming.
In a new Tv interview with pal Oprah Winfrey, she says, "I've been working towards that for so long. I worked hard all my life, nobody gave me a thing. When I started to take care of my family, I would say, 'Aww I wish someone would do that for me,' and I knew it wouldn't happen, so I worked and when that happened (I retired) it means I balanced my money. I knew that financially I could do it and when I left there, I put it to rest, I put it to sleep.
Continue reading: Tina Turner: 'I Was So Tired Of Singing And Dancing'
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."
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."
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.
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Zurich Racism Row: Sale Assistant Says Claims Are "Absurd"
Tina Turner performing in concert at the O2 Arena Dublin, Ireland - 26.03.09 **Not available for publication in Irish Tabloids. Available for publication in the rest of the world** Where: Ireland When: 26 Mar 2009
Date of birth
26th November, 1939