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Tina Turner

Updated on January 7, 2010


On November 26, 1939 Anna Mae Bullock was born in a small spot called Nutbush, Tennessee. Her mother was Zelma (Currie) Bullock, a factory worker. Her father was Floyd Richard Bullock, a Baptist deacon, farm overseer, and factory worker.

Anna Mae’s parents split up when she was 10. She lived with her grandmother until her grandmother’s death six years later. Anna Mae moved to St. Louis to live with her mother and sister when she was sixteen.


Anna Mae’s sister took her to several nightclubs in the city. One night at the Club Imperial, Bullock met Mississippi-born rhythm and blues musician Ike Turner. She later asked him if she could sing for him. Anna Mae was persistent and Ike decided to let her perform for him. Anna Mae became an occasional vocalist in Ike's shows at the age of 18. She went by the name "Little Ann." She became the spotlight of a soul revue led by Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band.

Anna Mae Becomes Tina

In 1960, a singer was scheduled to record the song, "A Fool in Love". The singer didn't appear. Anna Mae 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. Anna Mae Bullock became Tina Turner. Ike’s band became The Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

Ike and Tina

Tina raised four sons and endured a tumultuous relationship with, then husband, Ike.

36 Cents and a Mobil Gasoline Credit Card

Tina and Ike eventually parted in 1976. She fled the marriage (and the Revue) with 36 cents and a Mobil gasoline credit card.

Because of the frequent beatings she received from her former husband Ike Turner, she had to have reconstructive surgery on her nose.


Tina Turner went on to mega-stardom.

Along with being a great singer and stage performer, she is also an actress.



1978-Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

1985-Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

1993-What’s Love Got To Do With It

1993-Last Action Hero

Television Rolls:

1970-It’s Your Thing- She played herself in a documentary.

1970-Gimme Shelter- She played herself in a documentary.

1971-Taking Off

2000-Ally McBeal

Tina and Eric

Her accolades are too many to list, read, and would be too repetitious.

Let’s just say for now:

She is the world's most successful female rock artist ever. Record sales: over 60 million from 1983-1999. She’s been very busy since then as well.

She has sold more concert tickets than any other female performer in history.

Tina Turner Highway

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

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.

She is an 8-time Grammy Award-winner.


Her legs were noted specifically as she was honored by President George W. Bush in the East Wing of the White House during a reception for the Kennedy Center in 2005.

You Go Girl!

In 1996, she began building a villa outside Nice, France, which was completed in 2000. Turner now divides her time between Switzerland, England, and France.

Studio albums

In 1974 “Tina Turns The Country On” and in 1975 becomes the “Acid Queen”. She got “Rough” in 1978, and had a “Love Explosion” in 1979. She was a “Private Dancer” in 1984 before she would “Break Every Rule” in 1986. She had a “Foreign Affair” in 1989 and would she ever believe in her “Wildest Dreams” in 1996, that she would be loved “Twenty Four Seven" in 1999?

Compilations and Other Releases

I wish I could have seen “Tina Live In Europe” in 1988. She was “Simply The Best” in 1991. She made some “Collected Recordings” going back as far as Ike when she was “A Fool In Love”. She was a “Proud Mary”. She said “I Idolize You” but there ain’t no “River Deep-Mountain High” in “Nutbush City Limits”. She was a “Bold Soul Sister”. She said “I Don’t Wanna Fight” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It”? "Honky Tonk Women" want to “Come Together”, “I Want To Take You Higher”, but “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”. "It's Gonna Work Out Fine". Some may have thought she was a “Ball Of Confusion” but she had A "Whole Lotta Love". She knew "A Change Is Gonna Come". She was "Addicted to Love". She said "When I Was Young" I played "Let's Pretend We're Married", but "Don't Turn Around". In "Steamy Windows" "What You Get Is What You See". It may be "The Best" so "Let's Stay Together".

Divas Live

She joined Elton John, Cher, LeAnn Rimes, Brandy, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Treach, and Chaka Khan for “Divas Live” and it was live from New York’s Beacon Theatre on April 13, 1999.

Simply The Best

What can I say? She did “All Her Best” in 2004.

Her “Greatest Hits” came out in 2008.

Her “Tina Live” in 2009 showcased her live performances.

The Platinum Collection

“The Platinum Collection” came out in 2009.

Her “Tina Live” in 2009 showcased her live performances.

Better Be Good To Me

A prisoner of your love
entangled in your web

Hot whispers in the night
I'm captured by your spell... captured!

Oh yes, I'm touched by this show of emotion
Should I be fractured by your lack of devotion?

Should I?
Should I?

Oh, you'd better be good to me
That's how it's gotta be now

'cause I don't have no use
for what you loosely call the truth

and you'd better be good to me
Yeah, better be good...
Come on, come on, be good to me...

I think it's also right
that we don't need to fight

just to stand face to face
And you present your case

Yes I know you keep telling me that you love me
and I really do wanna believe

But did you think I'd just desert you in blind faith?
Oh, sure baby! Anything to please you,

but you'd better be good to me!
That's how it's gotta be now

'cause I don't have the time
for your overloaded lines

and you'd better be good to me
Yeah, you'd better be good... good to me

And I really can't see
why it's so hard to be
good to me

And y'know, I don't understand
What's your plan

that you can't be good to me
What I can't feel, I surely cannot see

Why can't you be good to me?
And if it's not real, I do not wish to see

why can't you be good to me
Why can't you be
good to me?

Why can't you be
good to me?

Be good to me...
'Cause I don't have no use
for what you loosely call the truth

And I don't have the time
for your overloaded lines

so you'd better be good to me
Yeah, you'd better be good

Better be good to me

Let's Stay Together

Nutbush City Limits


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo whoisbid! Her legs and soul - never age!

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      8 years ago

      Rock on Tina!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Isn't this Tina delightful. God bless you ahostagesituation!

    • ahostagesituation profile image


      8 years ago

      Love. This woman reminds me physically and emotionally of my grandmother (minus the legs, who has those?) I'm a fan. Thanks!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      theherbivorehippi! Those long legs show the shoes off too. Thank you for loving Tina!

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      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      I just love her and she always seems to have the greatest shoes! lol

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless Big Brother!

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      Alex Valis 

      8 years ago from Earth

      I enjoy this Hub. Old good memories... Thanks my friend. Take care!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless you drpastorcarlotta! I knew you'd love Tina!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      This Hub brought back memories!!! Tina Turner was my first road model as a woman entertainer! I love her style! GREAT HUB!!!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      She doesn't age. I haven't seen her lately but she will always be a star. God bless you acaetnna!

    • acaetnna profile image


      8 years ago from Guildford

      She is amazing and appeals to all ages. Wow to be like her when I am in my late sixties. She never seems to age at all!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You know that's right Sa'ge! Thank you for loving Tina! aloha my dear

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Oh God, this woman is such an ICON, she is a Goddess! The thinks she has endue in her life time! She is one of the most beautiful people on this planet in and out!

      thank you Micky for this hub, I so enjoyed every second of it. aloha

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Camlo! Thank you for loving Tina!

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      Camlo De Ville 

      8 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      I've just read a few of your Hubs, but on this one I have to say, Wow! You know as much about Tina Turner as me - or more, who knows?

      A great read, as are your other Hubs. Being a Tina fan, I enjoyed this one most of all :-)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Saddlerider. You are always kind and you know I love your work! Tina is a super star! Thank you Bud!

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      9 years ago

      A great tribute to a very sexy leggy diva. She ranks up there with some of the greatest. She had so many hits and I'm so glad she rid herself of Ike..he was a nasty one that boy for sure.That woman could move on stage and work everyone into a sweat not just herself. Very HOT and SEXY lady, I loved her talent, she is my proud Mary. Thanks Micky for the wonderful hub, great job, I admire your work and effort as always. Peace and safety to you.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Always Exploring! Yes Ma'am! Ike was mean and Bush inhaled! Thank you Dear!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Habee! You posted 7 weeks ago and I haven't known! It would have been nice to tape the show you saw! Thank you Habee!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Tina,one of my favorite singers. I saw her movie," what,s

      love got to do with it" It was great. Ike was so mean to her.I wonder if Bushie looked at her legs? haha

      God,s Speed

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I saw Ike and Tina when I was in college. Awesome!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      You know that is right Pollyannalana. She's certainly gotten more beautiful in- so many ways. She is like the finer wines! Thank you for loving Tina.

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      9 years ago from US

      She seems to get more beautiful the older she gets and I love watching her perform. So glad she finally got out of that abusive marriage and became who we love!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Brother MFB- you should do a hub on her! Maybe alter the photos- fake the or alter the truth -but so they aren't perfect or "emboss them- ghost them a bit. It seems great. Thanks MFB. You're the Man, Man!

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      Matthew Frederick Blowers III 

      9 years ago from United States

      I actually got to meet Tina turner in the 80's when I was hired to write and do a comedy roast for Lionel Ritchie for his 35 birthday party. It was a blast mingling with these folks, and their families, and making them laugh. I brought in a photographer who got some great shots of both of them, because the party was closed to the press, And i suppose I could have sold those pics to the national enquirer for a pretty penny, but that would have been unprofessional of me. Great hub.~~~MFB III

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      You know that's true sir. Thank you for stopping by and showing the love for Tina Turner. Love your last hub too. Marvin Gaye. Yes sir!

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      9 years ago

      My my my, I love me some Tina Turner. She's the ultimate Genius ever to cross the history of Music and America.

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Will do Trish. Thanks for coming back and giving me the heads up!

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      9 years ago

      hi Micky,

      Just keep an eye out for the movie, I believe it's simply called The Tina Turner Story. It's been a while since I've seen it. It certainly is a movie I'd watch over and over again. She was and is a very strong woman.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Trish. Thank you for loving Tina. I know- you can't help yourself. I didn't see the movie. I'll look for it. I've been living in a cave for decades. I too love all her stuff. Thank you for stopping by. Tina is "Simply the Best".

    • trish1048 profile image


      9 years ago

      If I could have a wish granted, it would be to see Tina Turner in person. She is my all time favorite. She is not only extremely talented but gorgeous as well. Did you see the movie about her life? I watched in amazement. I love most of her songs, one of my favorites being Simply the Best.

      Thanks for sharing :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you as always Tim-Tim. She is amazing. She has more energy than most I suppose. Same era!

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      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Love Tina Turner! What an amzing woman! Love to listen to Proud Mary!Now you can tell,Micky Dee, that we are from the same era, LOL.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thanks again Chris Eddy. I'll be over to Chris Eddy's place soon.

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      Chris Eddy111 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You got that right!! Love my girl Tina. Fab legs to boot. Great hub.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Maita. Tina is really something. I'm not sure there are many Divas that can rock like she has with "heels"!

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      9 years ago from US

      Oh I love Tina, "her what love got to do with it" is awesome hehe, she still rocks BTW, How are you MICK< Thanks for dropping by in my hub, Take care, Maita

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you myownworld. You are off to a fantastic start. Thanks for stopping by and liking Tina!

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      9 years ago from uk

      Fantastic hub! beautifully presented too! 'What's love got to do with it' is till one of my all time favorite's! Thank you for posting this

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Creativeone. She is an inspiration- even to President Bush!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hey Micky, thank you for an awesome Tina Turner hub, I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Yo, Unchained Grace, you and I share the same spirit very often, in more ways than one. This was easy enough- just time consuming. There is so much about her. She came from Nutbush!

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      Unchained Grace 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, MD


      I really enjoyed this as I've always been a fan of Tina. Your Hub enlightened me to whole lot of things I didn't know about her. You did some serious research here, huh?


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