10 Interesting Facts About Tina Turner

We share some facts about 'The Best' star that you might not know.

tina turner

We share some facts about 'The Best' star that you might not know.

1. Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock, and was brought up in the small town of Nutbush in Tennessee – she sang about her hometown in the 1973 song, Nutbush City Limits.

2. Her husband, Ike, was the one responsible for her often outrageous on-stage outfits. However, he would often become incredibly jealous when people paid attention to her.

3. Mick Jagger hired Ike and Tina on a Rolling Stones' US tour in 1969. Tina later claimed that she had ‘taught Jagger how to dance’.

4. Ike and Tina Turner's biggest hit was Proud Mary, which was a cover version of a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Turner’s version went on to win a Grammy.

Watch Tina Turner perform 'Proud Mary' below:

5. In the mid-70s, Tina Turner became a Buddhist. It has been reported that she would chant for three hours a day.

6. In 1976, Turner left Ike after a violent row. At the time, she was carrying only 36 cents and a gas-station credit card. They divorced in 1978.

7. Tina Turner got her big break with her version of Al Green's Let's Stay Together. In 1984, she became the oldest female artist to have US number one hit with What's Love Got to Do With It?

8. David Bowie is said to be a huge admirer of Tina Turner.

Tina Turner and David Bowie

9. During her Break Every Rule tour in 1988, Turner broke the world record for the largest paying audience at a solo concert - 184,000 people, in Rio de Janeiro.

10. Whilst receiving the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2005, President George W Bush, at the White House reception afterwards, said that her legs are "the most famous in showbusiness".

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