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Rollin’ on the River

Tina Turner - Ebony Magazine - May 1971 - Cover

In 1971, Ike and Tina Turner and their Revue were mainstream. Late in 1970, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single to date, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies, later winning them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song’s parent album, ‘Workin’ Together’, became their most successful studio release, peaking at #25 on the Billboard 200.

The couple also toured Europe heavily, setting France on fire with a mythical concert at the Olympia or in The Netherlands with a show that would (years) later be released on DVD.
Later in 1971, a live album, Live at Carnegie Hall: What You Hear Is What You Get, was released, being certified gold in the U.S. That same year, they were reassigned to Liberty’s parent label, United Artists Records, after Liberty folded, releasing their later albums on United Artists.
With the money gained, Ike Turner built his own studio, Bolic Sound, a nightmarish maze of cameras, sex and cocaine where they would record the rest of their material.


At home with TINA

Tina Turner - house in France - 2007


Born in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939, Tina Turner moved to St. Louis in her teen years and from there she left for California. Although Tina lived in the Los Angeles area for about 25 years, in 1986 Tina moved to Europe and has lived there since. Living first in London, she later moved with her German boyfriend to Cologne, Germany. However, since the mid-1990’s, Tina divides her time between Zurich, Switzerland and Nice at the French Côte d’Azur. Her house in France was built especially for her and she decorated it herself.

A big post, with magazine articles from Ebony (May 2000) and Schweizer Illustrierte (November 2006), photos of Tina’s house in France under construction, photos of Tina receiving the honorary citizenship of Villefranche-sur-Mer and a video with a tour of Tina’s house in France from the Oprah show in 1997. Enjoy!

Update: In July 2013, Tina said on Oprah’s Next Chapter that she “got rid of property in France”. One can only assume that she talked about Anna Fleur.

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Tina Turner – Ebony magazine interview – September 1996

Tina Turner - Ebony magazine - September 1996 - cover

In September 1996, Tina was featured on the cover of American ‘Ebony’ magazine, as port of the promotion for her new album Wildest Dreams that would be released later that month in the United States. She talks about her new album and tour, as well as her life in Europe. Click below to read the interview.

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