Tina Turner – Your Gal Friday

Today we are talking about a gal who went from picking cotton in Nutbush, TN to an icon on stage and screen. There were many hardships and if you haven’t heard her story get ready for a tale of a survivor with a soundtrack to go along with it. On episode #39 we’re talking the life and legacy of your gal, Tina Turner.

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Show Notes & Extra’s

  • What Leah and Phoebe knew of Tina before researching
  • Born as Anna Mae Bullock.
  • She grew up moving many times, living with different relatives and seeing her mother leave to save herself from abuse.
  • In St. Louis meeting the King of Rhythm Band which included Ike Turner
  • “Little Anna” first credit on a record in 1958 with “Box Tops” by Kings of Rhythum
  • Moved to the front of the band after “A Fool in Love” was a hit
  • Ike Turner gave Anna a stage name of “Tina Turner” without her knowledge or permission.  (Video source: Oprah’s Next Chapter Interview)
  • Ike started to beat Tina and according to her own words “instilled fear” in her
  • To avoid public confusion in 1962 Tina and Ike were married in Mexico.
  • Working with Phil Spector
  • Teaching Mick Jagger how to dance
  • Suicide Attempt
  • “Proud Mary” reaching #4 on Billboard and earning a Grammy
  • 1976 Tina leaves Ike and fights to keep her name.
  • 1984 Comeback with the album Private Dancer.
  • “What’s Love Got to Do with it” hits #1

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