John Lennon’s Help – Tina @45 in 1984 – The Year of Tina’s Comeback
Let’s Stay Together – unplugged @58 in 1997
Two People– Tina @48 in 1987
The song that U2’s Bono and The Edge wrote for Tina – James Bond theme, Goldeneye – Tina @57 (with a nod to Billie Holiday’s 1947 video performance in The Blues are Brewin’) in 1996
Whatever you Want – Tina @57 in 1996
Something Beautiful Remains – Tina @57 in 1996
Guesting on Herbie Hancock’s Joni Mitchell Album “Rivers” – Tina @68 in 2007 with Edith and the Kingpin
Honky Tonk Woman – Tina @31 in 1970
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Tina @45 in 1984
Tina @65 – performing The Best at Oprah Winfrey’s 50th
What’s Love Got to do with it? – Tina @45 Back in the Limelight in ’84 with a Terry Britten song which on Roger Davies insistence changed everything for her career.
Tina @54 in 1993 – I Don’t Wanna Fight – The Theme Song of the movie of Tina’s life
Tina @58 in 1997 – performing with an idol of hers – Eros Ramazatti! Cose della vida
Wildest Dreams – Tina @65 in 2004
Look me in the heart – Tina @50 in 1989
Addicted to Love – Tina @51 in 1990, reworking a Robert Palmer hit
Love Thing – Tina @52 in 1991
Tina @ 51 with a favourite of hers, Tony Joe White’s Steamy Windows – Live in Barcelona
Tina @57 in 1996 finishing a concert with an encore – On Silent Wings
A favourite moment – Tina @60 on her farewell tour invites a fan – a DJ called Donovan, whom she had spotted several at several concerts – to come onto the stage to perform her signature song with her. Kudos to both!
Tina @61 on her retirement tour in 2000 – the only female artist ever to pack out Wembley Studio – acing her self-written “Nutbush City Limits” – still high at the end of a three hour concert
My generation encountered Tina Turner as a fully formed and authoritative performer, bursting onto the pop scene “from out of nowhere” in the early 1980s. I had only a dim awareness of the 25 years of prior career, the years of physical abuse that she had endured, and hard yakka that had honed her performance skills.
For me, as for many, Tina’s inspiration lies in her longevity, her perpetual energy and her ability to continually adapt – sufficiently to extend her musical career from a first performance in 1957 at the age of 18 to a final farewell tour in 2009 at the age of 70. Tina is the only female performer to pack out Britain’s Wembley Stadium, she has sold more concert tickets than any other performing artist and is the best selling female artist in history.
In July of this year (2019) Tina turns 80. In this season of her life Tina’s honesty, acceptance and openness in processing ill-health, frailty and bereavement expresses a fresh challenge and inspiration to those of us who admire her vitality and longevity.
Tina’s story, as much as anybody’s – is really a story of teamwork – the collaboration of a brilliant manager in Roger Davies, among many other musical comrades – including David Bowie, Heaven 17, U2, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams, Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Lionel Richie. Tina’s story of survival and growth gives others of us courage to play the long game, to continue developing and adapting. And it spurs me to believe that even I might prove a later bloomer! Thank you Tina for your amazing inspiration.