A look back at Tina Turner’s incredible career


An inimitable voice, a legendary career, a life marked by triumphant battles. Legendary singer Tina Turner, known as the “Queen of Rock & Roll”, has passed away after battling with a long illness. Since her debut in the music scene in the 1960s, Tina Turner conquered the world with her magnetic presence and powerful voice.

“Tina Turner the “Queen of Rock ‘n Roll” died peacefully at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, aged 83, following a long illness. With her, the world loses a music legend and icon,” stated a press release first issued by Sky News.

Tina Turner on stage
The legendary singer Tina Turner, “Queen of Rock & Roll”, has passed away after a life marked by triumphant battles, leaving behind an inimitable voice and a legendary career.

In music, some voices are simply unforgettable. Tina Turner, the soul and rock icon, is one of those timeless legends. Throughout her career, the African-American artist was a true pioneer, breaking barriers and setting new standards in the music industry. Her music, an irresistible blend of rock, soul and blues, was a cry for freedom and emancipation.

Titles such as “Proud Mary”, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Simply the Best” have marked entire generations and will continue to inspire music lovers. Let’s take a look back at some of the iconic albums that marked her career and made her a true queen.

A Fool in Love

Released in 1960, “A Fool in Love” was the first single performed by Tina and her ex-husband Ike Turner. A first recording for Tina Turner that also became the first nationally successful album for bandleader Ike Turner. It was one of the first R&B songs to top the pop charts, selling a million copies. A real hit, the singer performed “A Fool in Love” during her first solo tours in the late 1970s.

Private Dancer

The album Private Dancer marks a decisive turning point in Tina Turner’s career. Released in 1984, it was hailed as one of the best albums of her discography. Buoyed by global hits such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Private Dancer”, this opus reveals Tina Turner’s artistic transformation. Her voice unfolds with striking emotion, supported by subtle arrangements. Private Dancer is a musical masterpiece that demonstrates Tina Turner’s ability to reinvent herself and captivate her audience.

Private Dancer album cover
Originally released in 1984, Private Dancer marked Tina Turner’s spectacular return to the musical limelight.

Break Every Rule

After the resounding success of Private Dancer, Tina Turner continued her ascent with the album Break Every Rule, released in 1986. This opus exudes electrifying energy, with songs like “Typical Male” and “What You Get Is What You See”. Tina Turner reaffirms her place as an essential performer, combining her incredible voice with driving rhythms. The song “Back Where You Started” won Tina Turner the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1987. Throughout her career, Tina Turner won 12 Grammy Awards.

Tina Turner on stage, holding the microphone out to the audience
Break Every Rule was introduced in 1986 with the single “Typical Male”, which reached number 2 in the US charts.

Foreign Affair

In 1989, Tina Turner returned with Foreign Affair, an album that confirmed her international stature. Pop-rock sounds fuse with global influences to create a captivating musical cocktail. The hits “The Best” and “Steamy Windows” are rousing anthems. Foreign Affair is an album that testifies to Tina Turner’s artistic maturity, affirming her status as queen of the world music scene.

Simply the Best

And last but not least, the album Simply the Best. Released in 1991, this opus is a compilation of Tina Turner’s greatest hits. It includes iconic tracks like “Nutbush City Limits” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero”. Simply the Best is a celebration of Tina Turner’s career, a retrospective that highlights her unrivalled talent and undeniable influence on music.

Tina Turner on stage
Crowned with numerous awards, the Queen of Rock & Roll appears among the “100 greatest artists of all time” and the “100 greatest singers of all time”, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Tina Turner, the artist who transcended musical boundaries, left her mark on music history with timeless albums. From “Private Dancer” to “Simply the Best”, her career was marked by triumph and success. Her legendary voice and unwavering determination have inspired generations of artists and left an indelible mark on the music world. Tina Turner will forever remain the “Queen”, whose talent and strength will continue to shine through her music.

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