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 In the music business there are many factors that define the razor edge between the "'Legends' and the Lost". The right sound, at the right time, in the right place are foremost on the list, but are not the only factors that will determine the placement of any musician in the history books. The pages are also subject to edit by record companies and producers, the fickle nature of fans, the general acceptance and understanding of your work by other musicians, and, of course, "Luck".  The Musicians profiled in "On The Boards" are those who, having reached the pinnacle of their particular music genre, gave us a sound that is uniquely definable as belonging to the individual musician(s). Feel free to add, correct, or debate the contents herein.  Submission/comment

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 Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock November 26, 1939) is "The Queen of Rock n'Roll". With a career spanning 50 years Tina has garnered numerous awards, and is one of the most popular and successful female rock artists of all time.Her records have sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide.she has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history.In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Tina Turner's tour has become one of the highest selling shows of 2008-2009. With her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and worldwide appeal, Tina has definitely earned the uncontested title of "The Queen of Rock n'Roll".
 Anna Mae Bullock was born the younger of two girls in Nutbush, Tennessee. where she and her sister, Alline, lived with their grandmother after their parents split. Alline and their mother moved to St. Louis while Anna/Tina remained in Nutbush until age 16 when her grandmother died after which she moved to St. Louis to live with her mother and sister. Anna Bullock met Mississippi-born rhythm and blues musician Ike Turner in the St. Louis club scene and later asked him if she could sing for him and Anna Mae/Tina became an occasional vocalist in Ike's shows at the age of 18. Going by the name "Little Ann," Bullock was also the spotlight of a soul revue led by Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band.

  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. Thus was the start of Tina's music career with her husband Ike Turner, as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Ike changed Bullock's name to Tina Turner and that of his band to The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. The two married in Tijuana, Mexico. and throughout the 60s and into the 70s, Ike and Tina rose to stardom. As times and musical styles changed, Tina perfected her unique stage presence, which became the signature of her high energy stage shows.

  Ike and Tina Turner recorded a string of hits in the 1960s, including "A Fool in Love", "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "I Idolize You", and the groundbreaking "River Deep, Mountain High". By the end of the decade, the couple incorporated modern rock styles into their act and began including their interpretations of "Come Together", "Honky Tonk Woman", and "I Want to Take You Higher" to their stage show.The high-energy cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1968 "Proud Mary" remains Tina Turner's signature hit and one of her longest enduring standards. "Proud Mary" was the duo's greatest commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1971 and winning a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

  By the mid-1970s, Tina's personal life and marriage began to fail. The break up of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue was a result of spousal abuse, which was brought to light with the publication of her autobiography "I, Tina". Ike's drug use led to increasingly erratic and physically abusive behavior and the act was suffering, in part because of Ike's refusal to accept outside management of their recording or touring, as well as the cost of maintaining his alleged drug habit. Touring dates began to decline and record sales were low; their last success was "Nutbush City Limits", a song penned by Turner about her home town, that reached number twenty-two on the Hot 100 and number-four in the United Kingdom in 1973.After a violent argument before an appearance at the Dallas Statler Hilton in July 1976, Tina abruptly left Ike, fleeing with nothing more than thirty-six cents and a gas-station credit card. She spent the next few months hiding from him while staying with various friends.

 By walking out on Ike in the middle of a tour, she learned she was legally responsible to tour promoters for the canceled tour. Needing to earn a living, she became a solo performer, supplementing her income with TV appearances on shows such as The Hollywood Squares, Donny and Marie, The Sonny & Cher Show and The Brady Bunch Hour. Her divorce was finalized in 1978 after sixteen years of marriage. She later accused Ike of years of severe spousal abuse and rampant drug addiction in her autobiography I, Tina. It was later adapted for the film What's Love Got to Do with It?. She parted ways with him, retaining only her stage name, and assuming responsibility for the debts incurred by the canceled tour as well as a significant IRS lien.


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  Tina Turner went on to rebuild her career as a solo artist, releasing "Rough", her first album since the separation from Ike. "Rough" was a marked departure from the funky rhythm and blues sound of the Revue, and moved Tina more heavily into the rock n' roll genre. "Rough", unfortunately did not fare well, nor did her next album "Love Explosion" in 1979, which was an excursion into the current disco scene. Even though Tina's early album releases did poorly, her high energy stage performances were still very much in demand, especially in Europe, and Tina began touring extensively around the world, appearing occasionally in American venues to maintain a presence as an active player on the American music scene.

 Tina Turner's "Comeback" deemed "The most amazing comeback in rock music history", began with Tina teaming up with B.E.F., (British Electric Foundation) a band formed by former Human League members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh who later became Heaven 17. This union resulted in Tina Turner's version of The Temptations's "Ball of Confusion" which drew the attention of Capitol Records, as did her next single "Let's Stay Together", co-produced by Ware, which peaked at number six on the UK charts and climbing into the US Top 20.

  In May, Capitol released the single "What's Love Got to Do with It" in the U.S. to promote the upcoming album. Two weeks later, the song was on over 100 radio stations and became a worldwide hit reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, and ranked top ten in several European countries. "Private Dancer" was released that June and went on to sell nearly 20 million copies worldwide, her most successful album to date. Along with "Let's Stay Together" and "What's Love Got to Do With It", the album also contained the hits "Better Be Good To Me", and of course the title track, "Private Dancer". Tina Turner would win an MTV Video Music Award, 2 American Music Awards and 4 Grammy Awards, further confirming her position as "the comeback queen". In February 1985, Turner began her first solo world tour, the Private Dancer Tour, holding 170 dates in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Australia.

  After the success of Private Dancer, Turner accepted a role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, (Aunty Entity, the ruler of Bartertown), for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress. Tina had previously played "The Acid Queen" in the 1975 film Tommy, and made an appearance in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The soundtrack for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome yielded the single "We Don't Need Another Hero" which became an international smash hit for Turner, reaching number two in America and number three in England. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The soundtrack reached the top forty in the U.S. and #47 in Canada, selling over one million copies worldwide. In October the second single, "One of the Living", was released bringing Tina a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In November, a new single was released entitled "It's Only Love", a duet with Bryan Adams. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.


  Tina Turner continued her very successful solo career releasing the album, "Break Every Rule", in 1986, which also saw the release of her autobiography, "I, Tina". Later that summer Tina received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Break Every Rule yielded the hits, "Typical Male", "Two People", "Back Where You Started" and "What You Get Is What You See" selling over nine million copies worldwide. On January 16, 1988, Turner made history when she entered the Guinness World Records performing in front of the largest paying audience (over 184,000) to see a solo artist. In April, Turner's double live album, Tina Live in Europe, was released. In late 1989, Turner released her seventh studio album, "Foreign Affair", which included the international smash, "The Best". The single became one of Turner's signature singles. In 1990, she embarked on a hugely successful European tour to promote the album playing to nearly four million fans and touring over 121 shows in Europe, beating records set by The Rolling Stones' last tours.

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 1991, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, Turner released a compilation album, Simply the Best. Her modern dance-pop cover of "Nutbush City Limits" hit the top thirty in the UK
  1993, Turner's life story was turned into a box-office film, What's Love Got to Do with It?. Based on I, Tina.

  1995, Tina Turner returned to recording with the title track for the James Bond film, Goldeneye, written by U2's Bono and The Edge. "Goldeneye" hit the top ten in several European countries.

  1996, Turner's "Wildest Dreams" album was released. Due to its later successful world tour the album hit gold in the U.S. while it went platinum in Europe based on the success of singles such as "Whatever You Want", the cover of John Waite's "Missing You", "Something Beautiful Remains" and the Barry White duet, "In Your Wildest Dreams".  Tina Turner embarked on a year-long world tour which again broke concert tickets. The tour lasted into April 1997 and grossed a combined total of $130 million in sales. At the end of the year, Turner and one of her musicians co-wrote an English version of the Italian ballad "Cose della vita" with Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti. Their duet became a European hit.

  1999, Turner opened at the VH-1 special, Divas Live '99, performing several of her 1980s hits and performing with both Elton John and Cher to "Proud Mary". Turner later remarked that she was recording a new album.
 In November 1999, Turner released the dance single "When the Heartache Is Over", its parent album, "Twenty Four Seven", was released in Europe the following month. In 2000 the album was released in America and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Later that year, Turner went out on one of her most successful tours of her career. By tour's end, the Twenty Four Seven Tour had become the highest-grossing tour of 2000 according to Pollstar grossing over $100 million. Later, Guinness World Records announced that Turner had sold more concert tickets than any other solo concert performer in music history.

  2001, Tennessee State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush was named "Tina Turner Highway".

  2003, she teamed up with Phil Collins to record the song "Great Spirits" for the Disney film Brother Bear.

  2004, Turner released All the Best, and released the single "Open Arms". The song became a modestly successful European hit and a modest R&B hit in America.

  2005, Turner briefly performed on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View. All the Best became Turner's first album to go platinum in the U.S. in over eleven years.  At the end of the year, Turner was recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and was elected to join an elite group of entertainers.  In November, Turner released "All the Best - Live Collection" and it was certified platinum by the RIAA.

  2006, the "All the Invisible Children" soundtrack was released. Turner sang "Teach Me Again" from the All the Invisible Children soundtrack with Elisa charted at #1 in Italy.

  2007, Turner returned to the stage to headline a benefit concert for the Cauldwell Children's Charity at London's Natural History Museum. This was her first full show in seven years. Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock released an album paying tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entitled River: The Joni Letters on September 25, 2007, on which Turner contributed her vocals to a version of "Edith and The Kingpin". On October 16, 2007, Carlos Santana released an album entitled Ultimate Santana which featured Turner singing "The Game of Love", a song originally intended for her to sing, but which was instead released by Santana with Michelle Branch due to demands from the recording label.

  2008, Tina Turner performed with Beyoncé at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. It was Turner's first major public performance since her record-breaking "Twenty-Four Seven Tour". In addition, she picked up a Grammy as a featured artist on River: The Joni Letters. On May 5, 2008, she performed in a concert at Caesar's Place in Las Vegas with long time friend Cher.  Turner embarked on her "Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour" on October 1, 2008, which began on in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center. The album, "Tina!: Her Greatest Hits", was released in support of the tour.

  Tina Turner was listed on Rolling Stone's list "The Immortals — The Greatest Artists of All Time". Turner is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and two of her recordings, "River Deep - Mountain High" (1999) and "Proud Mary" (2003), are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Turner has won 8 Grammy Awards.


Tina Turns the Country On! (1974) Acid Queen (1975)
Rough (1978) Love Explosion (1979)
Private Dancer (1984) Break Every Rule (1986)
Foreign Affair (1989) Wildest Dreams (1996)
Twenty Four Seven (1999)  


Tommy (1975) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
What's Love Got to Do With It (1993)  

Compilations, etc

Tina Live in Europe (1988) Simply the Best (1991)
The Collected Recordings (1994) Divas Live '99 (2000)
All the Best (2004) Tina!: Her Greatest Hits (2008)
The Platinum Collection (2009) Tina Live (2009)





Tina Turner's Discography






Signature Proud Mary, (The Classic Version-Ike & Tina Turner Revue)


Through The Cracks
Clouds | Danny Gatton | Roy Buchanan | TimeBox - Patto | Joe Stanley

On The Boards
The Beatles
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