Tina Turner, originally born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, and sadly passing away on May 24, 2023, was an acclaimed singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Known affectionately as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Turner gained worldwide recognition as the lead vocalist of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, and later achieved tremendous success as a solo artist.

Turner’s musical journey commenced in 1957 when she joined Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm. Initially performing under the name Little Ann, she made her first appearance on record with the song “Boxtop” in 1958. In 1960, she emerged as Tina Turner, captivating audiences with the duet single “A Fool in Love.” The dynamic duo of Ike & Tina Turner went on to become an unstoppable force in the realm of live performances, earning their place in history. Their notable hits include “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” “River Deep – Mountain High,” “Proud Mary,” and “Nutbush City Limits.” However, the duo disbanded in 1976, leading Tina Turner towards a successful solo career.

Tina Turner faced various health challenges in recent years, including cancer, a stroke, and kidney failure.

Her rise to fame occurred alongside her then-husband Ike in the 1960s, captivating audiences with iconic songs such as “Proud Mary” and “River Deep, Mountain High.”

Following her divorce from Ike in 1978, Turner achieved even greater success as a solo artist during the 1980s.

Renowned as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Turner was celebrated for her electrifying stage performances, exuding energy and sensuality, and her distinctive husky and powerful vocals.

The news of her passing was shared through her official Instagram page, where it was acknowledged that she had enchanted millions of fans worldwide with her music and unwavering passion for life.

In the Instagram post, it was stated, “Today we bid farewell to a dear friend who has left us her greatest legacy: her music,” acknowledging the profound impact she had on both her contemporaries and future generations.

Turner won eight Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 as a solo artist, having first been inducted alongside Ike Turner in 1991.

Upon her solo induction, the Hall of Fame noted how she had “expanded the once-limited idea of how a Black woman could conquer a stage and be both a powerhouse and a multidimensional being”.

Younger stars who have felt her influence include Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae and Rihanna.

Legendary singer Tina Turner’s funeral plans have been announced.

In a statement, her spokesperson revealed that only Tina’s close relatives and friends would be attending the service and that it will be a very private affair.

Tina’s representative said: “There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family.”

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