The legendary Tina Turner passes away; she was 83

The “Queen of Rock” died peacefully in Switzerland after battling a long illness

Tina Turner performing in 2009. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
Tina Turner performing in 2009. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

We’re very sad to report that the legendary rocker Tina Turner has passed away.

Turner, 83, was born Anna Mae Bullock in Alabama and led a hardscrabble life during childhood and early adulthood, rising to fame as a singer with Ike Turner, her abusive husband whom she abruptly left in 1976. Her career wasn’t able to find more solid ground until she re-emerged in 1984, sporting an eye-catching 80’s hair style and a new sound that fit perfectly within the era. Her album “Private Dancer” launched her career into the stratosphere; her first release from the album, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” was a massive hit and it also became the name of her biopic.

Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. The decade saw her land a dozen songs on the Top 40, including “Typical Male,” “The Best,” “Private Dancer” and “Better Be Good to Me.” Her 1988 show in Rio de Janeiro drew 180,000 people, which remains one of the largest concert audiences for any single performer.

We’ll have extra Tina songs the rest of the day and this evening on HOT102.

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