Profile of the rock star who was born the daughter of a sharecropper and overcame poverty, racism, and sexism to become one of the most successful entertainers of all time. We'll look at all the dramatic twists and turns in Tina's life, and the hit songs that brought her international fame and Grammies. Today, almost 50 years after she first took the stage, her admirers include David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and legions of adoring fans.
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Tina Turner - The Ikettes (2:55)
Tina Turner - Meeting Ike (2:52)
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in a two room sharecroppers shack in Nutbush, Tennnessee.
In 1966, Phil Spector offered Tina $20,000 to record with him and together they recorded the song, “River Deep, Mountain High.”
In 1993, Tina Turner’s autobiography "I, Tina" adapted into the film "What’s Love Got to Do with It" starring Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner.
In order to better highlight Tina Turner’s voice and presence, Ike decided to add three backup singers to her act called called the Ikettes.
One night in St. Louis Tina Turner, then Anna Mae Bullock, went with her sister Aillene to a nightclub called The Manhattan where Kings of Rhythm perform. It was that night that she met Ike Turner.
To this day, Tina Turner has remained one of the most popular and influential singers in the world.