Tina Is 75: The Celebration Of A Legend

Tina Turner 2009

“Big wheel keep on turning, Proud Mary keeps on burning”

The only certainty in life is that nothing is certain. Everything changes, nothing stays the same. When Tina Turner was asked for her sixtieth birthday what kind of message she wants to deliver to her audience, she answered exactly that. The feeling that everything changes and nothing stays the same.

This thought for many people might be a frightening one. Indeed we spend a lot of our time trying to counter change and to maintain the status quo. We fear the unknown, we fear what lies ahead. The uncertainty of the future can turn into a fear so real that it blocks our daily lives.

When we celebrate a birthday, we celebrate somebody’s life. Now what about Tina’s life do we celebrate today? We can celebrate her platinum selling records. We can celebrate her sold-out tours. We can look back on all the wonderful songs she recorded and shows she performed. But do we really need another career-retrospective? Today, we should celebrate what makes Tina a legend. What is it about her that made her touch so many lives. The answer lies in the quote that started this article.

“Everything changes, nothing stays the same”

Why do we love Tina? We love Tina because through her music but most of all through her life, she has shown her audience and she has shown the world that change is not something to be afraid of. Change is something to be welcomed with open arms. In the darkest of her days, she has kept a faith and kept on going against all odds. She has proven the world that everything can change for the better.

Seventy-five years ago, Tina was born into a dirt-poor family in the south of the United States. Slavery back then was not yet a story told in the history books but an actual experience lived by parents and grandparents. Society was segregated. The daughter of a cotton farmer, she was not likely to ever live outside of the town she was born in. She was not likely to have a career or to become financially independent. Most of all she was not likely to become a world-famous rock and roll superstar.

Fast forward to 2014. Anna Mae Bullock, the daughter of a cotton farmer, is now better known as Tina Turner. She is one of the world’s best-selling recording artists of all time. With her concerts, she has drawn a combined audience of millions. Anna Mae Bullock now lives on the banks of Lake Zürich, Switzerland. Today, Anna Mae Bullock turns seventy-five.

“Everything changes, nothing stays the same”

From 1969 until 2009, over a period forty years, Tina closed the mains set of her show with the same song, night-after-night. The song is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’.

“I never lost one minute of sleeping, worrying about the way the things might have been.”

Proud Mary is a song about a boat. Tina Turner has transformed it into a song about life. The big wheel keeps on turning. Proud Mary keeps on burning. The wheel will always keep turning. There is nothing you can do about it. It is not possible to stop the wheel. And it is certainly not possible to turn back the wheel of time. There is only one thing that you can do and that is to keep on burning. Rolling, rolling, rolling down the river.

You never know what is up around the next bend. But the river keeps on streaming, the wheel keeps on turning. So why resist? Why not roll down that river. Because in the end everything changes and nothing stays the same.

So, thank you Tina for teaching us this lesson. Thank you for showing it throughout your work and your life. We wish you a happy birthday. Keep on burning!

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56 responses to “Tina Is 75: The Celebration Of A Legend

  1. Cergio

    So grateful for your message. Tina’s life is a message itself. Embrace change!

    • Chequita

      Happy 75th birthday!!
      Wishing you much love, health & happiness!

      With love from Chequita

      • Myra

        I hope you had a great birthday . I am just around to your blog so I am late with the wishes. Plus Congrats on your marriage you both complement each other. May u both have many happy moments.

  2. anna eickert

    Happy birthday and blessings to you! May love, peace, happyness and sunshine allways stay in your heard!
    Many greetings from anna ❤

  3. Enrico

    I say amen to that, while I sip on my glass of wine! Happy birthday!

  4. Dear Tina,
    the very best congratulations and the best wishes on your 75th birthday today. Without you, my life would have been only half as nice. Only the fall of the Wall in Germany, I was able to see you twice in Munich live.
    You are my biggest idol. I love you and I wish you a wunderful birthday.

    In deepest solidarity and recognition of your Ines Schneider (a very big fan)

  5. Mark

    Tina, I have been a fan for almost 45years and to this day, I am still your biggest fan ever. I hope you live to see many, many birthdays. Take care my love, Due’s Paid.

  6. Tari Eschenbrenner

    Happy Birthday to the most ultimate LADY and IDOL. Love and respect you Highly ! Enjoy and be safe ! XO

  7. Hank

    What a fantastic homage to Tina Turner. Happy Birthday to Tina Turner and thank you Tina Turner Blog for a wonderfully written story!

  8. Sydney McMillan

    Tina Happy Birthday to you!!!!
    Nam myoho renge kyo

  9. nicole

    happy birthday tina

  10. My dear queen Diva,

    Happy Birthday to you and enjoy your life!

    I will never forget our moment when I was 6yr old.
    When I met you by Lou van Rees in Vinkeveen The Netherlands..

    A life time experience which I keep in my heart and remembers me when I listen to your music!

    Warm greetings!
    Jeroen de Graaf

  11. Ludo

    From France, Happy birthday Tina.

  12. CLO

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU TINA !!!!

  13. Johannes Hamberger

    Happy birthday TINA. May all your wishes come true … Love from munich

  14. wish you a happy birthday.

  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA TURNER. WE SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU AS A PERSON AND AS A WOMAN. MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT I NEVER GOT TO SEE YOU PERFORM IN PERSON.

  16. Happy Birthday to a legend and a great person. I like you very much Tina. Have a great day.
    Many of the show girls and boys can cut down a very big slice.

  17. С Днем рождения..Тина!!! Здоровья..долголетия..Удачи во всем..

  18. You are and always will be SIMPLY THE BEST. Happy birthday to a very special lady. x

  19. Tunde

    I wish all the best for You, Tina! I loved Your music and personality always. Thank You for everything what You gave us for fans! Happy Birthday!

  20. Adri Huyskens

    Happy Birthday Tina !!

  21. Pol

    Happy Birthday & Love Tina<3<3<3 Thank You Ben & Sjef<3<3<3

  22. Alex

    Wszystkiego Najlepszego Tina (from Poland) 🙂

  23. RUSIK

    С Днюхой Тиночку!!! Лав лав лав ю! Желаю еще 75 лет активной жизни здоровья любви кайфа!!!

  24. Mary Hamilton

    Happy Birthday to the legend that is Tina Turner!! You really are ‘Simply the Best’….

  25. Iryna Fizer

    Dear Tina, Happy Birthday! May God Bless you with many, many more, healthy and wonderful Birthday!

  26. Melania

    Happy B.day Nam myoho renge kyo 💖💖💖

  27. ChrisTina

    Alles Liebe und Gute zum Geburtstag! Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland. 💙💚💛💜💖

  28. Barbara

    Happy Birthday Enjoy x

  29. Sean Clark

    Happy 75th Birthday Tina!

    Thank you for a lifetime of music and great concerts.

  30. Eddie H.

    To the Queen of Rock-n-Roll, another milestone has been reached, Happy 75th, may you be blessed with many more years of life!! Much love from the state of Texas.

  31. Tari Eschenbrenner

    😍😘

  32. Teresa

    Thank you for all the wonderful moments that a have with your music.
    Parabéns, it´s the Portuguese word the wish you Happy Birthday.
    Namasté

  33. Til hamingju með afmælið (Happy Birthday) you fantastic and great mother of rock and roll!

  34. Buoncompleanno Tina Turne spero che passa un Bel giorno————-Auguri

  35. Paula Pakarinen

    Happy Birthday from Finland. Thank you for your music ❤

  36. Dominique Leroy

    Happy birthday Tina! I was born on November 26th, 1939 too! I live between Valencia, Spain, and Paris. Kind regards. Dominique

  37. Anne Mason

    Happy birthday Tina your looking great.
    Anne from Fife SCOTLAND xx >3 >3 xx

  38. Natalie Barros

    Happy Birthday acid queen! I wish only the best thing in your life! You’re very speciall and a wonderful singer. Love all your songs! Have a beautiful day!!!!
    Kisses from Brazil ❤

  39. Carina andre'n

    Happy Birthday Tina!
    Grattis på födelsedagen Tina!

    You’r simply the best😍

    /carina, sweden

  40. Happy Birthday, Tina!!! You’ll always be my Private Dancer!

  41. Happy Birthday TINA! I acknowledge my debt of gratitude and profound appreciation for all the joy and inspiration you have shared throughout the years with your music and your life’s story. May the Divine continue to bless you and keep you, now and always. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

  42. oklif99

    Happy birthday. You`ll always be the best.

  43. Happy birthday Tina Turner, I’m glad that i’ve been born over your time to witness your greatness! Wish you strong health and endless happy moments. :3 ❤ ❤ ❤

  44. Tina happy birthday you look butter than never God keep on blessing you

  45. Elly

    Happy b-day
    Have a nice Day and a Safe live with youre
    Loved-ones 🎶🎵🎤

  46. devis

    ciao tina turner ti faccio i mie auguri di un felice compleanno ciao da tuo grande fan da sempre simply the best

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  48. Marij

    Ms Turner Congratulations with your 75e birthday i wish you strong health and much happiness, your my great idol from 46 years. there is not one day in my live without you’re music, you are mine simply the best.
    I love you ms. Turner and i hopen you stay for an long time with us.
    God Bless You

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  50. Darrell Roper

    What a great article!!!

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