Yesterday we received the sad news that Tina Turner had died at age 83. While I was saddened by the news, 83 years is a long time to live, and she contributed so much to the world of music that she will not soon be forgotten.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.
After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.
Here’s what Tina had to say in 2019 on the occasion of her 80th birthday:
She looked better at 80 than I looked a decade ago when I was but a youthful 60!!! The links above from The Guardian tell you a bit about Tina, the woman and the singer, and rather than tell you about her music, I’d rather let it speak for itself … hopefully these will bring back happy memories for you …