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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.

 

Proud TINA!

Tina Turner - Jonathan Ross Show 18.jpg - copieHappily retired music legend Tina Turner appeared tonight on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV. And what incredible joy for us fans to see Tina looking healthy, serein, funny and back in the spotlight for a short while.

Wearing a chic comfy ensemble, the idol arrived on the set of the show with a really cool ‘TINA, The Musical’ bag, the diva opened up about her retirement, her old pals Mick Jagger and David Bowie and of course, the point of the evening, the upcoming musical on her life opening next year in London.


Talking about the upcoming musical, Tina reveals that the story will start all the way back in the cotton fields, being raised by her grandmother in her native Nutbush as well as her debuts in Saint Louis with Ike Turner:

It starts from Nutbush growing up, all the involvment with the coton fields, church house, gin house, school house, out house, it really quite old now but it’s still there… It starts with that, it starts with the grandmother raising me and all of the early stages into moving into teenager and then into St Louis

Later on the show, Jonathan Ross mentions Tina’s collaboration with David Bowie, and the retired singer has some pretty emotional words about her late good friend:

“I saw him, he was performing some place in Brussels and I went to see him and that was the actual last time I went to his dressing room and said hello and talked about the show.

“I remember the last thing he said. He said, ‘I love you Tina’ and I said ‘I love you David.’

The next thing I heard he was sick and then after that I saw Iman and asked her how he was and she said “He is Ok” but they kept it undercover and then the news came through.”


If you are talking about David, you cannot forget to mention Mick whom Tina had just happened to see recently while The Rolling Stones were playing in Zurich. On her past collaborations with Jagger she said:

 “First of all, Mick wanted to do the dance.

“David was just a gentleman, being there in some kind of way, trying to find out what he wanted to do with Tina.

“They were like brothers, kind of like brothers or close, close, close friends and then I ended up doing an album with David and a live show.”

Evidently, even 40 years after her split from Ike Turner, the shadow of the late musician is always there when it comes to interviewers. Tina doesn’t like to dwell on the past and has long forgotten Ike but it seems that as long as there will be interviews, he’ll somehow pop up somewhere in the conversation. When asked about her ex-husband and music partner, the constant abuse she suffered, the absence of freedom, Tina recalls:

I walked out without anything and had to make it on my own for my family and everyone so I just went back to work for myself,” she explained. “It was very difficult and dangerous because Ike was a violent person and at that point, ​he was on drugs and very insecure. I had no money. I had no place to go.

And when Tina found the courage and strength to leave this nightmarish life, one harrowing night in Dallas, she almost lost her own life running across a freeway:

I didn’t measure the speed of a car. I was running across the freeway and this big truck was coming and it (beeped its horn). It felt like it was over me and I thought, ‘Well, I won’t try that again,'” Turner recalled.

“It was just time to not take any more. It was constantly abusive, other things going on, there was no control, there was no freedom, it was just the same this, same this and the violence. You just get fed up and you say, ‘Life is not worth living if I’m going to stay in this situation.

Happy in retirement? Tina Turner certainly is! Unlike many stars, Tina doesn’t crave for the spotlight and her Swiss home is where her heart is. Still having a lot of golden years ahead of her, and to conclude with the words of Jonathan Ross: If someone really deserves the best of retirement, that is you, TINA! You truly earned it! We love you!

Don’t Miss TINA

Tina Turner - Jonathan Ross Show - ITV 2017
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Hey, fans! Just a reminder that TINA will do her big TV comeback tomorrow evening with an interview on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV (UK).  Pictures and short promo clip have already emerged! Watch this very cute extract of TINA performing the legendary Proud Mary dance routine in front of a mesmerized Jonathan Ross!

TINA is Back!

Tina Turner Now - 2017 (Tina Turner at 77)

Over the past eight years, the legendary Tina Turner has made worldwide headlines mostly without having to leave her peaceful retreat on the shore of Zurich’s Lake. Her name alone is sufficient to sell papers and her rarity makes her even more unreachable. But for now, the reclusive singer is back to promote the most anticipated musical of 2018, TINA, The Musical!

‘I get cards and letters. People say I gave them hope. It means so much to people. I have to pass it on. I really want it to be a success. I hope it will travel the world and serve what that the people need, from me as a reminder of my work.’

Earlier this week, a radiant Tina appeared in front of 150 happy few to introduce the very talented Adrienne Warren who will play her part in the upcoming musical. Looking incredible at nearly 78, Tina even took the stage with Warren to perform a short medley of her greatest hits. Needless to say, the atmosphere must have been electric! Being a faithful supporter of the musical since the beginning and after 8 years of blogging on TINA, gaining more than 500.000k followers, I wished I could have been there to report on this once in a lifetime event but that didn’t happen… Maybe another time… Tina showed there’s always hope so there’s still hope! But of course, no one wants to read about a sad blogger feelings, back to the Queen!

To continue with the promotion of the upcoming musical, Tina will appear on the Jonathan Ross Show broadcasted on the UK channel ITV,  Saturday, October 28th, 2017. The singer has even been spotted at the network studios right after the musical launch party creating a small buzz on Twitter! A major TV moment to look forward to being Tina’s first European interview since the promotion of ‘All The Best‘ back in 2004. Tina’s last long featured interview was of course with Oprah a few weeks after her wedding back in 2013.

Exciting times for all of us fans and we can bet that there will be much more inspiring and surprising things coming from TINA and the musical in the forthcoming months. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes and fans across the world are already asking for the show to visit their country. With the huge team of talents working on the musical, we can be pretty confident that it will be a tremendous hit. Tina always got the best simply because She is The Best! Stay in touch with the blog for all the upcoming news on TINA!
Tina Turner in London 2017- TINA Musical Launch Party
TINA, The Musical is written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast.
Book your seat for TINA, The Musical at the Aldrich Theater in London here and visit TinaTheMusical website!

Diva Las Vegas


You know it doesn’t get better than THE Turner’s live… Back in the 60’s & 70’s Ike & Tina Turner were one of the hottest touring band on earth. The mix of Ike’s musical genius and Tina’s breathtaking performances is still inspiring for millions of music lovers worldwide. Their story, as well as their music, is unique and now belongs to the collective memory. Unfortunately, the releases of Ike & Tina video concerts can be counted on the fingers of one hand. So we have to content ourselves with old TV broadcast who would truly deserve a digital treatment…
We can only hope that someday some BluRay/HD release will surface. Until then, here is a new upload for all the Ike & Tina fans out there: Ike & Tina Turner live in Las Vegas back in 1971! Recorded live at the Caesar’s Palace, the show captures the rawness of their performance and songs are intersected with interviews of the notorious duo! Enjoy!


Setlist
Intro
Sweet Soul Music
Interview with Ike & Tina
I Want To Take You Higher
Interview With Ike & Tina
Honky Tonk Woman
Everyday People (The Ikettes)
Interview with Ike & Tina
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Interview with Ike & Tina
A Love Like Yours Don’t Come (Knocking’ Everyday)
Interview With Ike & Tina
Proud Mary
I Want To Take You Higher
Credits

Playboy… After Dark

Ike & Tina Turner 1969 - Playboy After Dark

1969Année Erotique… as sang by French singer Serge Gainsbourg, the song evoke a ludic sexual position as implied in its title “69, Année Erotique” and of course it also testify of the sexual liberations of those years and indeed everywhere in the world it was hot, it was steamy, it was raunchy! Sexual revolution was on its way and with her volcanic performances, 30 years old Tina Turner  was a part of this revolution. Ike took advantage of it and of course everybody remember the incendiary rendition of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” filmed for the Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter. Anyway, knowing it or not as Tina didn’t talk much about feminism through her career she inspired many women and let’s not be scared to say it many men with her incredible charisma. And the image she projected definitely made an impact then and even more later with the release of Private Dancer.Back to December 1969, the Turner were just back from touring the US with the Rolling Stones, bringing their performances to younger white audiences and getting great revues focusing on Tina’s mesmerizing performances. And to end the year 69 on a hot peak, what else than a performance on the king of the Playboy Empire’s tv-show, Hugh Hefner! Ike must have been thrilled by the idea and the deal! So here they are, Ike & Tina Turner with their Revue, 10 years after their debut in St Louis (Missouri) and at the pinnacle of their career performing a four songs showcase! Of course, Tina’s performance is incredible as usual and I know it is not that rare for fans being on Youtube for a while but I don’t think the full segment was and I am quite sure, not in that quality! So I hope everybody enjoys it!

And of course, we wish you a very Happy and Healthy 2016 and like in 1969, let’s wish for Love, Not War.

Download Ike & Tina Live at Playboy After Dark as MP3 here! 

Setlist & Screenshots

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Mighty High in Mexico

From the vault and because it’s 40 years old this year, a new upload of a fantastic Ike & Tina Turner Mexican tv special from 1975. Not the best quality ever (more Ike & Tina footage in better quality will be upload in the futur on the blog)  but of course worse watching if only for the incredible performance and vocals by Tina and the funky music directed by musical genius Ike.

So now, have a seat (if you can stay seated for more than 2 min), grab some pop corn and enjoy 45 minutes of great soul music.

Tracklist: 

Intro (00:01)
Lady Marmalade (0:40)
I Got The Music In Me (4:08)
Ike’s Theme & Intro To Tina (8:26)
Sweet Soul Music (9:37)
Oh My My (12:16)
Honky Tonk Woman (15:16)
I Smell Trouble (18:00)
Only Women Bleed (24:24)
Get Back (28:12)
With A Little Help From My Friends (30:54)
Mighty High (33:56)
Proud Mary (38:46)

4 Years of Blogging

Tina Turner Live 2009

Today, the Tina Turner Blog celebrates its 4 birthday! Since January 2011, we received 3,5 million visitors, gained more than 210,000 Likes on Facebook, 20,000 Subscribers on our Youtube Channel and 2,500 Twitter Followers. We are thrilled to see that Tina keeps on attracting so many people from around the world and we hope to continue as longs as we can. And to celebrate this special event, here is a new video upload dedicated to you all… Proud Mary, live in Arnhem back in 1983.
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All the best, big wheel keep on blogging!
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Tina’s ‘Summer Of Soul’ on Arte

Franco-German channel Arte is once again putting Tina Turner at honor, two years after the “Summer of Girls” series. Earlier this month, they broadcast “Simply The Best” documentary and mentioned Ike & Tina several time during their “History of Soul” series.

To conclude this season of “Summer of Soul”, Arte will broadcast Tina Turner’s biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It” on August 18, 2013.  A well chosen moment with the media attention that Tina just got from her marriage with Erwin Bach and her upcoming appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Plus watch  Ike & Tina Turner performing Proud Mary on “Soul Train”, on the 22nd of April 1972 in HD!