RIP: Tina Turner ‘Queen of rock ‘n’ roll’ passed away at 83.

The American-born singer Tina Turner, who rose to fame after leaving an abusive marriage and a poor agricultural village, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83.

After a lengthy illness, she died peacefully at home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, not far from Zurich, according to her agency.

Rock and roll was just getting started when Turner began her career in the 1950s, and she eventually rose to fame on MTV.


In the music video for her number-one single “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” in which she described love as a “second-hand emotion,” Turner personified 1980s style as she strutted through the streets of New York City wearing her spiked blond hair, a cropped jean jacket, a miniskirt, and stiletto heels.

Turner fit in nicely with the 1980s pop scene, which prized electronically created sounds and ridiculed hippie-era idealism. She had a love for musical experimentation and plainly phrased ballads.

Six of Turner’s eight Grammy nominations, for which she was known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” came during the 1980s. In the course of the decade, twelve of her songs, including “Typical Male,” “The Best,” “Private Dancer,” and “Better Be Good to Me,” made it to the Top 40.

When the couple were married and collaborating on music in the 1960s and 1970s, the star was candid about the abuse she experienced at the hands of her ex-husband. She listed several wounds that regularly required her to visit the emergency room, including cracked lips, broken teeth, and injured eyes.

Singer Janet Jackson praised Tina Turner in a Rolling Stone article that ranked Turner No. 63 among the greatest 100 performers of all time, saying that “Tina’s story is not one of victimhood but one of incredible triumph.”


She’s become an exquisite force and a worldwide sensation, Jackson claimed.

Turner gave her status as a survivor a fictitious twist in 1985.

Even though Turner’s most popular songs were composed by others, she brought life to them with a voice that New York Times music critic Jon Pareles called “one of the more peculiar instruments in pop.”

“It’s three-tiered, with a nasal low register, a yowling, cutting middle range, and a high register so startlingly clear it sounds like a falsetto,” Pareles observed in a concert review from 1987.


She was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in the little Tennessee town of Nutbush, which she described in her song “Nutbush City Limits” from 1973 as a “quiet little old community, a one-horse town.”

The singer’s father worked as an overseer on a farm, and her mother left the family when the singer was 11 years old, according to the singer’s 2018 autobiography “My Love Story.” As a teenager, she moved to St. Louis to live with her mother.

When she mounted the stage to play at his club event in St. Louis in 1957 at the age of 17, Ike Turner, whose 1951 song “Rocket 88” is frequently considered to as the first rock and roll record, was her discovery.

Ike and Tina Turner switched record labels frequently and credited their financial success in large part to an exhausting travelling schedule. Their version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” became their biggest success.

According to her biography, Turner fled her husband one night in 1976 while on a tour stop in Dallas after he beat her and she retaliated. In 1978, the divorce was legally completed.

Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and were hailed as “one of the most formidable live acts in history.” Turner passed away in 2007.


Turner struggled for years to reclaim fame after divorcing her husband, putting out unsuccessful solo albums and singles while performing at business gatherings.

In 1984, her album “Private Dancer” catapulted her to the top of the charts, and “What’s Love Got to Do With It” became her first solo no. 1.

As the apex of a career in which she sold more than 200 million copies total, Turner’s album “Private Dancer” went on to become her best-selling one.

She had a personal tragedy in 2018 when her oldest son, Craig, who had struggled with health challenges since retirement, killed himself in Los Angeles at the age of 59.

Years after she retired, her name still draws crowds. The musical theater production “TINA: The Tina Turner Musical,” which stars Adrienne Warren in the lead role and sings the star’s life story, debuted in London’s West End in 2018 and then transferred to Broadway. It is now still in production. And “Tina,” an HBO documentary on her life, was released in 2021.

Bach and her adopted two boys from Ike are her only surviving family members.

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