Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) was born on November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee.
After moving to St. Louis as a teenager, she saw Ike Turner’s R&B combo, the Kings of Rhythm. She later got the courage to audition for Ike, who went on to invite Tina to join his revue.
The duo recorded their first hit, “A Fool Love,” in 1962. What followed was a string of hits, such as “River Deep-Mountain High” and “Proud Mary.”
Tina disappeared from the music scene after the couple split in 1976. Then, she came roaring back with the 1983 single “Let’s Stay Together,” a cut off of her Private Dancer Album.
With her career back in full swing, Tina became one of the most successful and popular entertainers of all time.
Artifacts from Tina Turner’s life are featured in the “Revolution, the Counterculture and the Pill: The Late 1960s” section in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.” The groundbreaking exhibit is open until February 26, 2012.
Click HERE to read more about Tina Turner and the other women being honored.
(Information provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.)
*Watch video below to see Tina Turner perform “Proud Mary.”