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‘Queen of Rock and Roll’ Tina Turner dead at 83

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2023. 1:07 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: Tina Turner, the legendary rock and roll singer and global pop icon, died on Wednesday in Switzerland at the age of 83.

She reportedly died peacefully in her home after a long illness. She had suffered ill health in recent years, having been diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

Turner began her career in the 1950s during the early years of rock and roll.

She was known for chart topping 80s hits such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It” among other major hits over the decades.

Nicknamed the “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Turner won six of her eight Grammy awards in the 1980s. She also landed a dozen songs on the top 40 that decade with hits including “Typical Male,” “The Best,” “Private Dancer,” and “Better Be Good to Me.”

She was also known for her tumultuous marriage to guitarist Ike Turner, which at times was abusive.

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

Her 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 memoir “My Love Story.” As a teenager, she moved to St. Louis to rejoin her mom.

Ike Turner, whose 1951 song “Rocket 88” has often been called the first rock and roll record, discovered her at age 17 when she grabbed the mic to sing at his club show in St. Louis in 1957.

The band leader later recorded a hit song, “A Fool In Love,” with his protégé and gave her the stage name Tina Turner, before the two married in Tijuana, Mexico.


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