In Memoriam: The Queen of Rock and Roll

Tina Turner performing at Drammen, Norway, in 1985. Source: Wikipedia Entry - Tina Turner
Tina Turner performing at Drammen, Norway, in 1985

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Today we are once again forced into saying “Goodbye” to a musical legend. Singer, dancer, actress, and author, known as the “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Tina Turner has passed at age 83. She leaves behind a legacy in music as “one of the greatest singers of all time.”

Her Life and Legacy

The Wikipedia describes her as:

(born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) was an American-born and naturalized Swiss singer, dancer, actress, and author. Widely referred to as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll“, she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.


Turner also acted in the films Tommy (1975) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In 1993, What’s Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film adapted from her autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, was released. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th-highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of the jukebox musical Tina.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling StoneRolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award. Turner died following a long illness on May 24, 2023, at the age of 83.

Wikipedia Entry: Tina Turner

Tina had power in her voice. Her songs reflected raw honesty and ragged-edge living that always grabbed my attention. Her acting wasn’t bad either. Tina’s performance in “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome” made that movie, in my opinion, the best of the three in that series.

So in celebration of her life I share one of my favorite Tina Turner songs.

Tina Turner Live – Official Music Video “We Don’t Need Another hero”
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