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The most dynamic female soul singer in the history of the music, Tina Turner oozed sexuality from every pore in a performing career that began the moment she stepped on-stage as lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the late '50s. Her gritty and growling performances beat down doors everywhere, looking back to the double-barreled attack of gospel fervor and sexual abandon that had originally formed soul in the early '50s. Divorced from Ike in the mid-'70s, she recorded only occasionally later in the decade but resurfaced in the mid-'80s with a series of hit singles and movie appearances; her high-profile status was assured well into the '90s. Born Annie Mae Bullock near Brownsville, Tennessee, she began singing as a teen, and joined Ike Turner's touring show as an 18-year-old backup vocalist. Just two years later, Tina was the star of the show, the attention-grabbing focal point for an incredibly smooth-running soul revue headed by Ike and his Kings of Rhythm. The couple began hitting the charts in 1960 with "A Fool in Love," and notched charting singles throughout the '60s, though the disappointing position of "River Deep, Mountain High" -- cited by Phil Spector as one of his best productions -- was very hard to take. All expectations were fulfilled in 1971 with "Proud Mary," a number four hit that became the capstone of Ike & Tina's Revue. Frustrated by Ike's increasingly irrational behavior, though, Tina walked out just three years later. She celebrated her newfound freedom in 1975 with a role in the film version of the Who's Tommy. Playing the Acid Queen, she delivered an outrageous, all-too-brief performance in an otherwise forgettable mistake of a movie. Several albums were recorded for United Artists during the late '70s, but she appeared to be washed up by the turn of the decade. Surprisingly, Tina returned in 1983, first teaming with a Heaven 17 project named B.E.F. on a remake of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion." Tina's vocal offering was understandably apocalyptic, and she gained a solo deal with Capitol that same year. Her first single, a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," hit the Top 30 early in 1984. Second single "What's Love Got to Do with It" became one of the year's biggest hits, spending three weeks at number one. Her album Private Dancer included two more Top Ten singles, the title track and "Better Be Good to Me." With another movie role in 1985 (Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome), she found a number two hit with its theme, "We Don't Need Another Hero." Her next big hit followed in 1986 ("Typical Male"), after which Tina began to decline, still charting occasionally and selling respectably with albums including 1989's Foreign Affair, 1996's Wildest Dreams, and 2000's Twenty Four Seven. In 2009, Turner oversaw and added spoken word segments to Beyond: Buddhist and Christian Prayers, which featured singing from Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay. The CD was officially released a year later in 2010. Four years later, a collection of her romantic solo material called Love Songs appeared in time for Valentine's Day. ~ John Bush
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Albums by
Tina Turner

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    18 songs

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    Selection of Ike & Tina Turner Vol. 1

    17 songs

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    Selection of Ike & Tina Turner Vol. 2

    25 songs

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    Private Dancer [30th Anniversary Edition]

    10 songs

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    Tina Goes Country = Tina Turner

    11 songs

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    Twenty Four Seven

    49 songs

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    49 Essential Ike & Tina Turner Classics

    75 songs

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    The Complete Soul Essentials

    34 songs

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    All Time Greatest Hits

    33 songs

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    All Time Greatest Hits

    18 songs

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    Love Songs

    10 songs

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    Stand by Your Man

    13 songs

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    Wildest Dreams

    48 songs

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    The Collected Recordings: Sixties to Nineties

    3 songs

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    When the Heartache Is Over

    13 songs

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    Now!

    10 songs

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    Great Tina Turner Sings Country

    18 songs

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    All the Best: The Hits

    14 songs

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    Pop Legends

    33 songs

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    All the Best

    10 songs

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    Country My Way

    18 songs

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    Simply the Best

    10 songs

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    Tina Turner Goes Country

    16 songs

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    Goldeneye [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

    6 songs

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    Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

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Top Songs by
Tina Turner

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    Popularity
  2.   What's Love Got to Do With It
  3.   The Best
  4.   Better Be Good to Me
  5.   We Don't Need Another Hero
  6.   River Deep, Mountain High
  7.   I Don't Wanna Fight
  8.   It's Only Love
  9.   Let's Stay Together
  10.   Proud Mary
  11.   Private Dancer
  12.   Goldeneye
  13.   1984
  14.   Nutbush City Limits
  15.   Tonight
  16.   Typical Male
  17.   Let's Dance
  18.   Lay It Down
  19.   Simply the Best
  20.   I Can't Stand the Rain
  21.   Two People
  22.   One of the Living by Maurice Jarre
  23.   I Will Be There
  24.   Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
  25.   It Takes Two
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Tina Turner

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