TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS.- Tina Turner and Ike They met 20 years ago in Saint-Louis (central Missouri). Tina, as she was still called Anna Mae Bullock she was only 16 years old and sang for the “Kings of Rhythm”, the blues group of Ike Turner, eight years her senior.
As Ike, Tina, born in Nutbush, Tennessee, on November 26, 1939, escaped her fate as the daughter of a divorced worker, placed at a young age as a maid.
But she also discovers the power of man, who arranges everything and changes his name and surname.
The “Ike and Tina Turner Revue” became one of the most popular black bands in the country in the 1960s.
But the group, whose pace rotates 270 concerts a year, struggles to break through the darkness.
Things changed in 1966 when Ike and his band opened the Rolling Stones UK tour, opening the door for the pair’s success in Europe.
England will also be the opportunity for Tina Turner to start her film career, with “Tommy” (1975), a rock work by the pioneers of the British movement, The Who.
But Ike stumbled on his wife’s success, until in 1976 his victim finally ran away.
Changing hiding places regularly to escape the pursuer, Tina gets a divorce and takes refuge in Buddhism.
But the debt was piling up and the career seemed to be going away. To date, the competition has been Australian producer Roger Davies, who had already released The Life of Joe Cocker.
Roger changes everything: the look, the music, the repertoire and the singer’s boost is easy to rocket. Tina returns to the stage alongside such giants as Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and David Bowie.
In 1983, Tina released the 1971 hit, “Stay Together” that marked her resurrection. But it wasn’t before the song was number six in the UK charts that the single was finally released in America.
The following year is the year of consecration with the album “Private Savior”, whose authority is signed by guitarist Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).
When Tina finally makes it to the top of the charts in her home country.
He triumphed in the cinema in 1985 in the third film “Mind Max”, with Mel Gibson and other signs of success: “We don’t need another Hero”.