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‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is no more

Legendary singer Tina Turner dies at the age of 83 in Switzerland

ZURICH: Tina Turner, the legendary singer who was known as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Rock’, has passed away at the age of 83.

“Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland,” a statement from her spokesperson said, adding that “with her, the world loses a music legend and a role model”.

During her illustrious career, she gave a host of hits including ‘The Best’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Private Dancer’ and ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, Tina Turner was an American-born and naturalised Swiss singer. She rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer, information about her on Wikipedia says.

Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, ‘Boxtop’, in 1958. In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the hit duet single ‘A Fool in Love’.

The duo Ike & Tina Turner became one of the most formidable live acts in history. They released hits such as ‘It’s Gonna Work Out Fine’, ‘River Deep – Mountain High’, ‘Proud Mary’, and ‘Nutbush City Limits’, before disbanding in 1976.

After struggling for a few years, Turner launched a great comeback in the music history in the 19802. Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

Aged 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. Her chart success continued with ‘Better Be Good to Me’, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)’, ‘Typical Male’, ‘The Best’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’, and ‘GoldenEye’.

During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.

Turner also acted in the films Tommy (1975) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In 1993, What’s Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film adapted from her autobiography ‘I, Tina: My Life Story’, was released.

In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th-highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of the jukebox musical Tina.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Turner had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021.

She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.

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