RIP Tina Turner

I was very sad to learn of the death of the legendary Tina Turner today, at the age of 83. She was truly one of a kind, with a rich and smoky powerhouse voice that inspired countless other artists and earned her millions of fans around the globe, me included. She was a courageous and great lady, and always a class act.

In honor of her passing, I’m reposting this 2020 article I wrote about Tina’s iconic song “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.


Tina Turner

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of my Favorite Songs, so thought I’d get back into the groove with my favorite Tina Turner song “What’s Love Got to Do With It“. Not only is it one of my favorite songs of all time, but Tina is also one of my all-time favorite female singers. And quite honestly, who doesn’t love Tina! One of the best live concerts I’ve ever seen was Tina Turner on her What’s Love? Tour in September 1993 (with Chris Isaak opening for her at the Cal Expo Amphitheatre in Sacramento, California).

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Tennessee in 1939 (hard to believe she’s now 80!), Tina Turner lived part of her rather troubled childhood (thanks to dysfunctional parents) in the town of Nutbush (which she immortalized in her 1973 hit “Nutbush City Limits”), but moved to St. Louis when she was 16…

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18 thoughts on “RIP Tina Turner

  1. I so remember the time when this came out. The Canadian video station Much Music was just getting starting and they played this video over and over. I was shifting from high school to broadcasting school and Tina’s re-emergence seemed like such a perfect link of the past to the present. She seemed so unstoppable commercially, which was great because her late career success was such a feel good story about a very deserving artist.

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  2. Badfinger (Max)

    It’s sad…I can’t believe so many years have passed since she made her comeback and got away from that ass Ike. If anyone deserved that success it was her.

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  3. A sad day for sure. Thank you for reposting this, a great read that opened up the memory floodgates. I’ve forgotten the context, but I wrote something many years ago about how values changed from the “hippie” era to the “yuppie” era and as an example I used The Beatles’ “All you need is love” (1967), to “What’s live got to do with it” (1984). Turner’s voice is firmly planted in my brain.

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