Singer Tina Turner, rock legend, dies aged 83

The famous queen of rock'n'roll is no more

Singer Tina Turner, rock legend, dies aged 83

The famous queen of rock'n'roll is no more. Tina Turner died on Wednesday May 24 at the age of 83, following a long illness, according to a press release published on her Instagram account. The American star, naturalized Swiss, died in his house near Zurich. A prolific performer, the singer, who also starred in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, ended a sixty-year-long career in 2020. "With her, the world loses a music legend and role model. “said his spokesperson.

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During her career, which began in the 1950s in the United States, she won eight Grammys, the American music awards. "With her music and endless passion for life, she has enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow," the statement added. Tina Turner has notably sung the hits "Simply The Best", "Proud Mary", "Private Dancer" or "What's Love Got to Do With It".

Blonde mane, devastating smile and explosive showmanship: the queen of rock'n'roll was known for her performances in front of packed stadiums. A pioneer, she had inspired other queens of the stage, such as Beyoncé: "I have never seen in my life a woman so powerful, so courageous, so fabulous...And those legs!" had launched the American singer in 2005, during an evening in honor of Tina Turner.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Tennessee (southern United States), Tina Turner made her debut at the age of 16 with the blues group Kings of Rhythm of the one who will be her husband until 1978: Ike Turner. It was with him and The Ike and Tina Turner Revue that the singer would begin to achieve some fame by becoming one of the most popular black bands in the United States in the 1960s. In 1966, Ike and his musicians provided the first part of the British tour of the Rolling Stones, opening the door to success in Europe for the couple.

With Ike, Tina escapes her destiny as the daughter of divorced workers, abandoned by her parents and placed as a servant at a very young age. But she also discovers violence from a man who decides everything and makes her change her name and surname. In July 1976, Tina Turner sneaked out of the Dallas hotel room where her husband Ike, who had just punched her for the last time, was sleeping.

Tina, 36, has hit rock bottom. She has only 36 cents in her pocket, has just given up on the tour which was to start the same evening and begins a wandering existence in order to escape this drug-addicted and violent husband... After crossing the desert, and a divorce, she will find the top in the 1980s, with in particular the album Private Dancer. With "What's Love Got to Do With It", Tina Turner finally hits the top of the charts in her native country.

She triumphed at the cinema in 1985 in the third opus of Mad Max, with Mel Gibson, and another hit: "We Don't Need Another Hero". Ten years later, she performed "GoldenEye", the title track from the soundtrack of an episode of James Bond at the cinema. During. her career, she will have sold more than 50 million albums.

Tina Turner was an "icon" and her passing is a "tremendous loss," White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday. Learning in the middle of a press conference of the death, at 83, of the "queen of rock", she declared herself to be "a very big fan" and added: "Our thoughts are with his family and his friends. »

Another singing superstar, Gloria Gaynor, recalled that Tina Turner had "paved the way for so many women in rock, whether black or white."

I am so, so very sad to hear of the passing of @TinaTurner, the iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white. She did with great dignity