What saved the life of the “queen of rock and roll”
November 6 marks 80 years of the legendary American singer, winner of 8 Grammy awards and the title of Queen of Rock and Roll Tina Turner. For more than 20 years, she lives in her villa in Switzerland, enjoys family happiness and enters the scene only for her own pleasure. But this was not always the case – there were times when life seemed to her a nightmare. What made Tina Turner make suicide attempts twice, how she found her happiness after 45 years, and who became her guardian angel – further in the review.
Tina Turner’s real name is Anna May Bullock. She was born in the provincial city of Natbush, Tennessee in a simple family. Her first stage was the local church choir. Anna had no friends – no one wanted to be friends with the Monkey, as the neighboring boys called her. She was the smallest and slender at school, for which she received such a nickname. The radio saved her from loneliness, the girl knew all the hits by heart.
When Anna was 10 years old, her parents divorced. Once, her mother went to St. Louis to visit relatives, and then said that she had met another man there and did not intend to return to her family. Upon learning of this, the father left the children to his grandmother, and he himself moved to Canada. This was the first big shock for Anna. Then she felt herself useless and made her first suicide attempt.
After the death of her grandmother, Anna and her sister moved to her mother in St. Louis. The sisters often attended music parties and at one of them, in the Manhattan club, met with the leader of the Kings of Rhythm blues band, Ike Turner. Since then, Anna has become a regular in his concerts. Once she took a microphone in her hands – and struck on the spot both musicians and listeners in the hall. Ike Turner even interrupted the speech to express her admiration for her. So Anna became the vocalist of the Kings of Rhythm group.
At first, Anna had an affair with saxophonist Raymond Hill, but it ended immediately after the birth of their son Craig. And the creative tandem of Hayk and Anna soon grew into a family union. The singer later said: “We were close, like brother and sister, we had so much fun together. On weekends we got into the car and drove around the city, he told me about his life and dreams. Ike admitted to me that in his youth no one considered him attractive, which really hurt him. I felt that he needed my support, and thought that I could never hurt my beloved. He was so sweet with me, I just did not know about the other, dark side of his personality. Ike often participated in brawls, but I always justified him. I could not help myself. ”
In 1962, Ike and Anna got married, she took his last name, and he came up with her a new stage name – Tina. They also renamed their group – in “Ike and Tina Turner Review.” A year later, the couple had a son, Ronald, but they practically did not pause in concert activity – in the 1960-1970s. their group was very popular, they released one hit after another. Ike was an excellent musician and manager, and for Tina Turner became Pygmalion – he completely created her stage image and helped to gain self-confidence and reveal all his talents.
But in family life, Ike turned out to be a tyrant – he abused drugs, and under their influence he lost control of himself and arranged for beating. Later, the singer admitted that during all 16 years of their marriage she was constantly subjected to violence: “He spent all our money on drugs, I didn’t get a penny. Many times when he was sleeping, I took out a gun, but I never dared to use it. Once we had a fight in the dressing room, and then I went on stage with a face swollen from beating. Probably the nose was broken, because the blood flowed all the time while I sang. “I used to try to hide bruises with makeup, but such traces could no longer be hidden from the public.”
Her life turned into a nightmare. Her husband made her work around the clock, the tour took 270 days a year.