Tina Turner Biography
In St. Louis, Tina met Ike Turner and asked him if she could perform for him. She was 18 when she started appearing for him but with just a few years Ike gave her the name Sheena: Queen of the Jungle and was already a major part of his show.
Incidentally Tina stepped in to record the song A Fool For Love when the singer slated to record did not appear. The song became a hit and reached the #2 in the US pop chart. Ike then changed his band name to Ike and Tina Revue. During the 60s and the 70s Ike and Tina Revue rose to stardom. They also included a wild electrifying dance in their performance with set out the trend among the artists of that time. They recorded several hits including Its Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep, Mountain High and Nutbush City Limits. Their success was due mainly to their performances in television. All the while Ike was their manager and director.
By mid 70s Ike was having problems with drugs and with the management of their band. In 1976, Tina left Ike and spent the succeeding months hiding from him. Forced to make a living she decided to go solo. In 1978, she divorced Ike.
Her first solo album did not do well but in 1982 she was offered a deal by Capitol, for the UK label. She made Lets Stay Together which was initially released and became a hit in the United Kingdom. Then it was followed by another album Private Dancer.
Private Dancer reached number 3 in the US charts and sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. The success of Private Dancer was followed by Break Every Rule, which was another hit for Tina. She also appeared in the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and sung its soundtrack. The soundtrack was a major hit and was one of the most successful soundtracks of that era. Several successful albums followed though none of them were as successful as Private Dancer. She also appeared in several movies and television shows.