Musical palate cleanser, never looked back edition

This was sad to hear yesterday.

Tina Turner, the earthshaking singer whose rasping vocals, sexual magnetism and explosive energy made her an unforgettable live performer and one of the most successful recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich. She was 83.

Her publicist Bernard Doherty announced the death in a statement but did not provide the cause. She had a stroke in recent years and was known to be struggling with a kidney disease and other illnesses.

Ms. Turner embarked on her half-century career in the late 1950s, while still attending high school, when she began singing with Ike Turner and his band, the Kings of Rhythm. At first she was only an occasional performer, but she soon became the group’s star attraction — and Mr. Turner’s wife. With her potent, bluesy voice and her frenetic dancing style, she made an instant impression.

Their ensemble, soon renamed the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, became one of the premier touring soul acts in Black venues on the so-called chitlin’ circuit. After the Rolling Stones invited the group to open for them, first on a British tour in 1966 and then on an American tour in 1969, white listeners in both countries began paying attention.

Ms. Turner, who insisted on adding rock songs by the Beatles and the Stones to her repertoire, reached an enormous new audience, giving the Ike and Tina Turner Revue its first Top 10 hit with her version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Proud Mary” in 1971 and a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance by a group.

Mick and Keef always had good taste in music.

It’s a little strange, but Tina’s career after she ditched that rat bastard Ike never connected with me like she did when they were an act together.  They could hit a funky groove and roll with it like nobody’s business, as this obscure single shows.

All in all, a helluva career.  You will be missed, lady.

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21 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, never looked back edition

  1. jim1886

    I couldn’t agree with you more. One hell of a performer.

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  2. RIP, Ms. Turner.

    When there is a Broadway musical of your music, you know you’re in exclusive company. She was one of the true cross-generational musicians of our time.

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  3. NotMyCrossToBear

    Legs

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    She run Bartertown!

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    • RangerRuss

      WCD, I made a meme for my gator trash friends. Features MasterBlaster asking,”Who runs college football?” and Aunty Entity in her chain link dress answering,”Georgia runs college football”.
      I forgot how to post memes.
      Fuckn TBI.

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  5. Salty Dawg

    She and Ike performed at the coliseum way back when, but for the life of me, I can’t place the year. ’69? ’70? Any other old timers remember what I can’t? lol

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  6. Opelikadawg

    I saw Ike and Tina at the UGA Colesseum in 1975 (I think.) Just watching her and the Ikettes sing and dance for two hours left you exhausted. She was an amazing performer; God rest her.

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  7. One of the baddest women to ever perform…and much respect for her to enjoy the second half of her life with her husband away from the glitz and glamour…Peace be with her and her family

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  8. David D

    I can hear Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” songs piping through the P/A at the newly opened Tate Center back in the day like it was yesterday. Another giant from the soundtrack of my youth is gone. What a talent. RIP, Tina.

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    • Illini84

      Mark Knopler wrote it and Dire Straits, with Jeff Beck replacing him, recorded it with her.

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      • RangerRuss

        A stripper from the traffic light on Victory Drive told me that in ‘84.
        I’m a Dire Straits and Knopfler fan. That’s one song that was better recorded by a lady singer.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    Nutbush

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  10. RangerRuss

    I enjoyed Tina’s tunes. Living well is the best revenge; but, she should’ve shot that “rat bastard” before she left him.

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  11. mddawg

    I see a lot of references to her big hits, and rightly so, but everyone seems to have forgotten that she kicked off the Pierce Brosnan James Bond era with this one:

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  12. thenewandimprovedtronan

    She was a force of nature. I love the soulful, funky stuff she did with Ike even though it is discomfiting knowing the abuse she took from him. In any case, few have ever been as electrifying as she was.

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  13. Ole Dokes

    Parents saw Ike & Tina on the corner of Lumpkin & Baxter where the old phi delt house used to be. She was a hammer & he was a son-of-a-bitch. RIP Mrs. Turner.

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  14. Russ

    Hopefully she’s overseeing a Thunderdome somewhere nice.

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  15. Illini84

    She was great but if I NEVER hear Proud Mary again it will be too soon.

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  16. belushijr

    Senator, I figure that you and I are a few years apart! As I have said, we agree on UGA football and music (normally). While

    I agree that Ike was a rat bastard, but Tina’s Acid Queen and her performance in Thunderdome, she outdid her earlier performances!

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  17. olddawg22

    Sorry but you’re wrong! Was lucky enough to see Tina with Ike in 1974 in Statesboro! My chest was pressed against the stage, it was the most amazing performance I ever enjoyed! The energy was like nothing I have seen in the following 50 years. James Brown would come the closest but the energy and sexual tension in that show was riveting! When they did proud Mary the place damn near caught on fire! I saw her several times later and the production and singing were much more professional but make no mistake about it while Ike was a total dick off stage he put on one hell of a show and pushed Tina to deliver a performance for the ages! She got far classier and polished but nothing topped those early years! https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1735&=&context=george-anne&=&sei-redir=1&referer=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.com%252Furl%253Fq%253Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fdigitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu%252Fcgi%252Fviewcontent.cgi%25253Farticle%25253D1735%252526context%25253Dgeorge-anne%2526sa%253DU%2526sqi%253D2%2526ved%253D2ahUKEwiVrPm4_pH_AhUgFlkFHccdC4MQFnoECAYQAQ%2526usg%253DAOvVaw1fyufgK5h20IlEJOrIkpyy#search=%22https%3A%2F%2Fdigitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu%2Fcgi%2Fviewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D1735%26context%3Dgeorge-anne%22

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