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Music Icon Tina Turner, the First Woman to Cover 'Rolling Stone' Magazine, Dies at 83 in Switzerland

Tina Turner. Photo/Tina Turner @tinaturner (Instagram)

The legendary singer, songwriter, performer, and global icon, Tina Turner passed away at 83 at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland. The world-renowned singer's career began in the 1950s with her ex-husband, Ike Turner, forming the Ike & Tina Turner Revue band. The band created great success, enabling Tina to become the first woman and black artist to grace the Rolling Stone magazine cover in the 1960s.

A young Tina Turner & Ike Turner. Photo: Getty/IMDb

Yet, after years of rumored domestic abuse, Ike and Tina's marriage and business relationship ended in the '70s. The songstress reinvented herself and launched her career as a solo rock and pop artist in the '80s. Her debut solo album, Private Dancer, was a highly successful multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning album. Tina's solo career sent her to the top of the industry, allowing her to sell 100 million albums during her career. She received many awards, including multiple Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and more.

Tina Turner on stage. Photo/Tina Turner @tinaturner (Instagram)

In addition to finding musical success across multiple genres, especially Rock n Roll, her new pop image attracted the attention of filmmakers; she landed some Hollywood roles. In 1993, Actress Angela Bassett portrayed Tina in her life story What's Love Got to Do with It, which shared the title of her chart-topping single. Even in old age, Tina was regarded as a flawless dancer with beautiful legs. She retired in 2009 after her 50th-anniversary tour, Tina! The music legend is survived by two sons and her long-time partner Erwin Bach.

We salute you, Tina! Thank you for your musical contributions. To follow this story and other news, click the link to become a Volume 82 site member.



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