Tina Turner was Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, and raised in Nutbush, just like the song says, and was in recording sessions as early as 1953 when she was barely a teenager.
In 1958 she married guitarist and bandleader, Ike Turner, and in the 1960's they recorded a string of hits, including "A Fool In Love" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine". The recording of the ground breaking "River Deep, Mountain High " with producer Phil Spector was a monster hit in Europe and the start of Tina's superstar status.
The 70's brought hits such as "Proud Mary" and Tina's self-penned "Nutbush City Limits", but the marriage was disintegrating due to Ike's abusive behavior and after starring in The Who's 1976 film of "Tommy", Tina was ready to strike out on her own.
As the massively successful film "What's Love Got To Do With It" would later depict, she had to haul her way up a mountain of debts and disinterest but in 1982 she landed a solo deal with Capitol Records and by the summer of '84 the album "Private Dancer", with its acclaimed singles "Let's Stay Together" and "What's Love Got To Do With It", was on its way to world sales of 11 million and 4 Grammys.
Since that time the successes have just kept coming: a starring role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Italian superstar, Eros Ramizotti amongst others; a best-selling autobiography, 'I, Tina'; which was made into the critically acclaimed film "What's Love Got to Do with It ", chronicling her life and receiving two Academy Award nominations; a string of hit albums and awards; and sell-out world tours.
In 2004 Tina released her last album, a compilation of Greatest Hits with the newly recorded single "Open Arms". It was a worldwide hit, debuting at #2 in the US charts. In 2005 Tina was honoured as one of Oprah Winfrey's legends, African-American women who broke barriers through their work, and ended the year as one of the recipients in Washington DC of the Kennedy Center Honors, the highest form of recognition of excellence in the arts in America.
In February this year, Tina performed with Beyoncé at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. She electrified the audience and received a standing ovation for her performance and duet with Beyoncé, and garnered highly positive reviews in the press. It was due to this overwhelming reaction, and requests from fans all over the world to perform live once again, that she has decided to do some select concerts in North America and Europe.
With sales of 170 million albums and a phenomenal number of hit records to her career (River Deep, Mountain High, Proud Mary, What's Love Got To Do With It, Better Be Good To Me, Typical Male, What You See is What You Get, Steamy Windows, We Don't Need Another Hero, Goldeneye, The Best ...) Tina Turner is the most successful female rock artist of all time and the undisputed Queen of Rock N Roll.