Tina Turner always turns heads when she sings! Her sultry and powerful voice does the magic as soon as she handles puts a tune to her words. Born, Anna Mae Bullock, she started off wanting to be a nurse but her aspirations were dispelled as soon as her natural talents were noticed. She was called up stage one day to perform alongside her ex-husband’s band and that was how she was found. Little Anna as she was called then eventually grew into this woman who is one of the most internationally successful female artists in the music industry.
Date of Birth: November 26, 1939
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has been through the highs and lows of life but her memoir still stands as a great rock music genius. She did not achieve this feat without the contribution of some other people. One of such important names in her life is her late ex-husband Ike Turner. He not only gave her the name but provided the stage for her to bloom in her early days. Read on to find out more about what happened with her and the famous Ike and also to know some other important people in her life.
Raymond Hill (ex-boyfriend)
Duration of Relationship: 1957 – 1958 (1 year)
Date of Birth: April 29, 1933
Date of Death: April 16, 1996 (aged 62)
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Raymond Hill was the saxophonist for the Ike Turner’s band “Kings of Rhythm” and that was where they met. Bullock came in as the 17-year-old back-up singer for the band but he had his eye on her from day one. She started a relationship with him soon and in no time their first child was born. After Little Anna Mae became a mother, her relationship with her ex-lover became strained and they gradually called it quits.
Ike Turner (ex-husband)
Duration of Marriage: 1958 – 1978 (20 years)
Date of Birth: November 5, 1931
Date of Death: December 12, 2007 (aged 76)
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Like Tina, Ike is one artist who would forever be remembered in the history of music. He is the Mississippi-born son of a preacher who grew up playing the blues specifically the boogie woogie on a piano. The talented Turner in his days became an early pioneer of fifties rock and roll. He is also known for his music band “Kings of Rhythm”.
In 1956, he met the young singer named Anna Mae Bullock and they fell in love. She joined his band and they gradually developed a personal relationship. Turner helped her create the stage name Tina Turner and also the persona that came with it. Both singers were incredibly talented and soon started singing as a duo. Their soul-infused rock music style of music was a new one and their audience was always hyped.
In 1971, the R & B duo did a cover of “Proud Mary” and it made it to the top charts. This work eventually earned them their first and only Grammy Awards together. On stage, they looked like a match made in heaven but only a few people knew the life they were leaving off stage. Ike was a drug addict and a violent husband! The couple split in 1976 with Tina saying he had been repeatedly abusive over a long period of time and even burned her with cigarettes.
After the divorce from the “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984) singer, his career started dwindling as he was moving from one crime to the other. He served an 18-month jail term but in the early 2000 had a good come back. Ike’s Here and Now opened up new doors for him but some years down the line, his terrible habit got the best of him.
It has been confirmed that the blues legend died from an accidental overdose of cocaine. True that he suffered from a hypertensive condition and pulmonary emphysema but the real cause of his death the toxicity from the drug he abused.
Erwin Bach (husband)
Duration of Marriage: July 4, 2013 till date
Date of Birth: January 24, 1956
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
After her 1978 divorce, Turner abstained from relationships so her career could get back on track but Erwin Bach came along. They first met at a record label party in 1986 and Tina described it as a love at first sight experience. Erwin is 16 years younger than the music legend but apparently what they share transcends their age difference. Today, German music executive Erwin and the music goddess have been together for almost three decades but have been married for four years. Since her union with Bach, the Rock star has given up her US citizenship and is now a permanent Swiss Resident for her husband who lives in Switzerland.
Craig Raymond Turner (son with Raymond Hill)
Date of Birth: August 29, 1958
Date of Death: July 3, 2018 (aged 59)
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Raymond is the love child Tina had with saxophonist Raymond Hill. She had him when she was only eighteen years old. He became Craig Turner after his legendary mother’s marriage to Ike who adopted him. Craig worked as realtor. On July 3, 2018 he was found dead in his home, the cause of death gunshot in head. He committed a suicide.
Ronnie Renelle Turner (son with Ike Turner)
Date of Birth: October 27, 1960
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Rock superstar had only one child with her abusive ex-husband. Ronnie is an actor and is known for his role in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993). Asides being an actor, Renelle learned to play the bass from his father and s also a musician and songwriter. On March 4, 2007, Ronald tied the wedding knot with Afida Turner and they have been together ever since.