I was recently commissioned to pay tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll, Tina Turner.
Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957 where she was part of such great works as “River Deep – Mountain High,” “Proud Mary” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.” In 1976, the band disbanded, and in the 80s Tina returned to launch her solo career marking one of the greatest comebacks in music.
Her 1984 multi-platinum “Private Dancer” album is amazing, and features “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” It also won record of the Year.
At the age of 44 she became the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. Tina is a two-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She is also the 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.