Tina Turner

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Tina Turner, born Anne Mae Bullock in 1938, is a notable African-American singer, one of the most dynamic female soul singer in the history of the music. She began her career as lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the late '60s. 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.

Her partnership with Ike Turner marked her career. However, Ike's drug use led to increasingly erratic and physically abusive behavior towards Tina. Their marriage deteriorated, and their act lost speed largely due to Ike's refusal to accept outside management of their recording or touring as well as the cost of maintaining a rather voracious alleged cocaine habit. Touring dates began to decline and record sales were down. Having opened his own recording studio - Bolic Sound - following the lucrative success of Proud Mary, Ike produced Tina's first solo album, Tina Turns the Country On! in 1974. It failed to make an impact on the charts, as did the follow-up, Acid Queen (1975), released to tie in with Tina's critically acclaimed big-screen debut in the role of the same name in The Who's rock opera, Tommy.

Tina Turner finally divorced from Ike after 12 years of a difficult marriage, but she recorded only occasionally later in the decade. She resurfaced in the mid-'80s with a series of hit singles and movie appearances; her high-profile status was assured well into the '90s. Tina credits her newfound Buddhist faith with giving her the courage to eventually strike out on her own.

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