Sunday, October 28, 2012
When singer Anna Mae Bullock married guitar player Ike Turner and changed her name to Tina, the world was introduced to an in-your-face woman. Her voice (that seemed to emanate from the roots of the earth), her energy level (that was off the charts), and her breathless dance routines (that seemed unimaginable for an ordinary human being to deliver) had her millions of fans around the world buying the records and flocking to see the shows of this one-of-a-kind phenomenon. Surely, she was a powerhouse and a force of nature!
Then, in 1976, Tina left the Ike and Tina Turner Revue and wrote a book about the ruthless physical and emotional abuse she had suffered at Ike's hand throughout their fourteen years of marriage. A stunned world stepped back, trying to compute this new information. How could a powerhouse be overpowered? How could a force of nature be forced to submit?
But proving that an in-your-face woman has even deeper resources than her beauty and her talent, Tina Turner proceeded to crawl back up the ladder of success one rung at a time until she was even more amazing, more popular and more beloved than ever before. Called One of the Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Turner has eight Grammys, three songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and a position in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And her tour (at the age of seventy!) was one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008-2009. An in-your-face woman may do her share of crying, but she will have the last laugh.