Tina Turner Shares Details Of The Relationship She Had With Mick Jagger And The Late David Bowie

Date February 27, 2018

Grammy-winning Tina Turner rose to fame in the 1960s by singing and performing with then-husband Ike Turner, later enjoying an international solo career with hits like "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Better Be Good To Me," and "Private Dancer."

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Who is Tina Turner?

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She is an American-born Swiss singer. Born as Anna Mae Bullock in the United States, Turner relinquished her American citizenship after obtaining Swiss citizenship in 2013. She began her career in 1958 as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm. Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

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In her 1968 autobiography "I, Tina," she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner before their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. After her divorce, she rebuilt her career through live performances.

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In the 1980s, Turner launched a significant comeback with another string of hits, starting in late 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together," followed by the 1984 release of her fifth solo album "Private Dancer," which became a worldwide success. The album contained the song "What's Love Got To Do with It," which became Turner's biggest hit.

Throughout her career, she has won twelve Grammy Awards, including eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1993, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business by awarding her the Legend Award.

Rolling Stone ranked Turner 63rd on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time and 17th on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 1991, Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Turner has her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.


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Brothers she never had

Tina says she was just as strict when it came to working with ‘the boys’. And what boys? Mick Jagger and David Bowie were like the brothers that she never had.

We never slept together; and they never came on to me, because I think they saw me as a role model in some kind of way. Mick wanted to dance — and I was a dancer — but he never gave me the credit! He said his mother taught him how to dance. But we worked with him in the dressing room, me and the girls, and we taught him how to Pony.

Her duet with David Bowie in 1985, "Let's Dance":

I had a different kind of collaboration with David (Bowie), and it was more to do with the singing. All those English guys felt I could sing. They felt there was something to learn from my singing. My vocals are natural. I hit the note naturally, and they’d go: 'What?! How’d you do that?!!'

In 1985, she performed "State Of Shock" and "It's Only Rock And Roll" with Mick Jagger.

Speaking on Jonathan Ross Show, she added that both David and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger were instrumental to her success in music. 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.

Other famous duets with the singer

In Ms. Turner's long career, she did a lot of duets with other artists. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Medley with Cher and Anthony Newly Show, 1975

"Nutbush," "Honky Tonk Women," "Proud Mary" - Ann-Margret Show, 1975

"Heartache Tonight" - Olivia Newton-John Show, 1980

"Get Back" and "Hot Legs" - Rod Stewart Concert, 1981

"Hot Legs" - Tom Jones Show, 1981

"Rock 'n Roll Music" - Chuck Berry Concert, 1982

"It's Only Love" with Bryan Adams - Juno Awards, 1985

"The Best" - Eros Ramazzotti Concert, 1998

Turner was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2018, alongside other industry legends, like Neil Diamond and Emmylou Harris.

What was your favorite Tina Turner duet?

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