Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) was an American-born and naturalized Swiss singer, dancer, actress, and author. Widely referred to as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.
Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, “Boxtop”, in 1958. In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the hit duet single “A Fool in Love”. The duo Ike & Tina Turner became “one of the most formidable live acts in history”. They released hits such as “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”, “River Deep – Mountain High”, “Proud Mary”, and “Nutbush City Limits”, before disbanding in 1976.
In the 1980s, Turner launched “one of the greatest comebacks in music history”. Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Aged 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. Her chart success continued with “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”, “Typical Male”, “The Best”, “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, and “GoldenEye”. During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.
Turner also acted in the films Tommy (1975) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In 1993, What’s Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film adapted from her autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, was released. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of the jukebox musical Tina.
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award. Turner died following a long illness on May 24, 2023, at the age of 83.
Turner revealed in her 2018 memoir My Love Story that she had suffered multiple life-threatening illnesses. In 2013, three weeks after her wedding to Erwin Bach, she suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Turner opted for homeopathic remedies to treat her high blood pressure. Her hypertension resulted in damage to her kidneys and eventual kidney failure. Her chances of receiving a kidney were low, and she was urged to start dialysis. She considered assisted suicide and signed up to be a member of Exit, but Bach offered to donate a kidney for her transplant. Turner had kidney transplant surgery on April 7, 2017.
On May 24, 2023, Turner died at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, aged 83, following a long illness. (wikipedia)
Foreign Affair is the seventh solo studio album by Tina Turner, released on September 13, 1989, through Capitol Records. It was Turner’s third album release after her massively successful comeback five years earlier with Private Dancer and her third and last album with the label. Although the album was not a major success in Turner’s native United States, it was a huge international hit, especially in Europe. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, her first number one album there. Dan Hartman produced most of the tracks on the album, including the hit single “The Best”, which has gone on to become one of Turner’s signature songs.
While Foreign Affair didn’t perform as well as Turner’s previous albums Private Dancer and Break Every Rule in the US, where it failed to crack the Top 30 in the Billboard 200, it was a worldwide hit, selling over six million copies. In the UK alone the album sold over 1.5 million copies entering the UK Albums Chart at number one (Turner’s first album to do so there) and staying in Top 100 for a year and a half. The album also reached number one in numerous other countries including Germany and Sweden and topped the overall European Chart for four weeks.
In 2021, Foreign Affair was released as a box set, which includes a previously unreleased demo of “The Best”.
Six tracks from the album were released as singles, most of which became hits in various parts of Europe and, to a lesser extent in the US. “The Best” (US No. 15; UK No. 5) was released as the first single propelling the sales of the album. This was followed by “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” (UK No. 8), which was released in Europe only. The album’s third single (second in the US) was the opening track, “Steamy Windows” (US. No. 39; UK No. 13), which earned Turner a Grammy nomination.
Three additional singles released in various territories were the title track “Foreign Affair” (Continental Europe only), the ballad “Look Me in the Heart” (No. 8 on the US Adult Contemporary chart; UK No. 31) and the rock ballad “Be Tender with Me Baby” (UK No. 28). (wikipedia)
Turner’s last studio album for Capitol was produced by the late Dan Hartman of “Instant Replay” disco fame; however, this was not a retro ’70s-style album. This set was comprised of 12 mature, middle-range, adult rock and pop songs. Turner tackled rock on “Steamy Windows” and “The Best,” the latter a universal hit. She created fine club tracks such as “Falling Like Rain,” “I Don’t Wanna Lose You,” and “Look Me in the Heart.” Still, she cooled down long enough for a couple of gutbucket ballads in “Be Tender With Me Baby” and “Ask Me How I Feel.” The most interesting cut was the scorching return to Turner’s Delta roots on the flawless “Undercover Agent for the Blues,” one of the finest pop-blues performances since B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” Despite the slight musical style variations, the whole project was wrapped in an enticing pop style that gave it buoyancy and synthesis. (by Bil Carpenter)
Phil Ashley (keyboards on 02. 06., 07., synthesizer on 06., strings on 06., 07., 08., piano on 08., flute on 08.)
Gary Barnacle (saxophone on 01., 10. + 12.)
Gene Black (guitar on 02., 06., 07., 08., 10.)
Jeff Bova (horns on 01., 04., 05. synthesizer on 03., organ on 04., strings on 05.)
Timmy Cappello (saxophone on 05., 08.)
Danny Cummings (percussion on 03., 04., 05., 07.)
Dan Hartman (keyboards on 01., 02., 03., 04., guitar on 02., 04., background vocals on 02., 05., drum programmig on 05.)
Rupert Hine (keyboards, bass, drum programming, background vocals on 09.)
Mark Knopfler (guitar on 12.)
Elliot Lewis (keyboards on 08., flute on 11.)
J.T. Lewis (drums on 01., 03., 04., 05.)
Eddie Martinez (guitar on 01., 03., 05.)
Greg Mathieson (bass on 10.)
Neil Taylor (slide guitar on 01.)
Phil Palmer (guitar on 09.)
James Ralston (guitar on 02., 06., 07., 08., 10.)
Carmine Rojas (bass on 04., 05.)
Philippe Saisse (keyboards on 02., 03., 06., 07., 08. flute on 05.)
Nick Glennie-Smith (keyboards on 10. + 12.,, strings on 10.,bass, drums on 12.)
T.M. Stevens (bass on 02., 03., 06., 07., 08., 11.)
Pat Thrall (guitar on 02., 06., 11., slide guitar on 08.)
Tina Turner (vocals)
Tony Joe White (guitar, synthesizer, harmonica on 01., 03., 12.)
Edgar Winter (saxophone on 02.)
Art Wood (drums on 02., 06., 07., 08.)
Casey Young (keyboards on 10.)
background vocals on 02., 03., 05., 07., 08.:
Lance Ellington – Tessa Niles
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Holly Knight – G. Lyle – Albert HammondTracklist:
01. Steamy Windows (White) 4.06
02. The Best (Knight/Chapman) 5.30
03. You Know Who (Is Doing You Know What) (White) 3.48
04. Undercover Agent For The Blues (White)
05. Look Me In The Heart (Steinberg/Kelly) 3.43
06. Be Tender With Me Baby (Hammond/Knight) 4.22
07. You Can’t Stop Me Loving You (Hammond/Knight) 4.01
08. Ask Me How I Feel (Hammond/Knight) 4.47
09. Falling Like Rain (Munday/Stewart) 4.05
10. Don’t Wanna Lose You (Lyle) 4.21
11. Not Enough Romance (Hartman) 4.06
12. Foreign Affair (White) 4.30
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