R.I.P. Tina Turner and Open Thread

Legendary singer and performer Tina Turner died this week at age 83. If you haven't seen the movie "Tina", I highly recommend it. It's available on streaming services.

There are a million links to Tina singing Proud Mary. I love that song, but "You Better Be Good to Me" is the one that always gets me dancing. And of course, who can forget Tina in "The Acid Queen" role in rock opera Tommy. [More...]

No one moved their body better than Tina. And those legs! Here she is singing Brown Sugar with Mick Jagger.

Not long after she and Ike split up in the late 70's, she performed at a lot small clubs and hotels to make money. One of those years, I got to see her in concert at the Princess hotel in Acapulco. It was an outdoor stage. No assigned seating. I don't remember where my seat was, only that the entire concert everyone was on their feet dancing, and I was right at the stage. I've never been that close to a performer during a concert. I can't find any references to her performing at the Princess that night, other than this article by a a man who was a "Bi-lingual Steward" on the Acapulco route for Braniff Airlines from 1977 to 1982.

He writes about Acapulco and all the celebrities he flew back and forth, and says, "I flew Tina Turner back to the United States after a New Years Eve spectacular she’d performed at. Not sure who was suffering more on that flight, me or her."

Tina, thank you for your music, your energy, your talent and for sharing your life story. My condolences to her husband who knows better than all of us that she was Simply the Best.

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    She reinvented herself (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 27, 2023 at 04:43:01 PM EST
    on MTV when she was in her 40s.  Not many could manage that.  

    ... for saving and rebooting her recording career. Capitol Records had promptly dropped her in 1976 when she had left and divorced Ike Turner. Seven years later, Bowie used his considerable influence to induce one key Capitol executive in particular to reconsider her potential:

    "In 1983 David Bowie did something very special and significant for me. We were on the same label, but the decision had been taken not to re-sign me. David, however, had just had his contract renewed by Capitol, who wanted to take him out to dinner that night in New York to celebrate. 'I'm sorry,' he told them, 'but I'm going to the Ritz to see my favorite singer perform.' And that was me.

    "Luckily it was a great show. Seeing it and the crowd's reaction turned 'round how Capitol viewed me. It was because of David that I got another deal, and everything else followed. I'll be ever thankful to him."

    Capitol A&R rep John Carter was the executive who had graciously accepted Bowie's invitation that fateful night to accompany him to the Ritz to see Tina Turner's show, and he was apparently blown away by her performance. He promptly went back to Capitol, prevailed upon his otherwise reluctant bosses to re-sign Ms. Turner to a recording contract and then personally managed her first solo album Private Dancer.

    And the rest, as they say, is history. In 2020, Private Dancer was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

    Then-44-year-old Tina Turner's resurrection as a solo artist was a career comeback for the ages. Personally, were it not for my own appreciation of Private Dancer (and in particular, with Jeralyn's favorite track "Better Be Good to Me"), I don't know if I would have ever taken the time to become fully acquainted with her entire body of work, especially as co-lead of The Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

    Her 50-year musical legacy looms large.


    PAXTON IS IMPEACHED (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 27, 2023 at 04:45:24 PM EST
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    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 27, 2023 at 04:47:47 PM EST
    Grilling tomorrow (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 27, 2023 at 04:44:01 PM EST
    Chops are marinating and I just put the pasta salad in the fridge.