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Tina Turner Quotes


Tina Turner
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Anna Mae Bullock
  • Born: 26th November 1939, Nutbush, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Residence: Küsnacht, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Alma mater: Carver High School (Brownsville) and Sumner High School (St Louis)
  • Occupation: Singer, songwriter, dancer and actress
  • Marriage resume: Ike Turner 1962 - 1978 (divorced) Erwin Bach 2013 to present day
  • Awards: A brief selections of her major awards include: 8 Grammy awards, 3 MTV Music Video Awards, 3 American Music Awards and 2 World Music Awards
  • Genres: R&B, rock, pop and soul
  • Instruments: Vocals
  • Stage name: Tina Turner
  • Nicknames: The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, The World’s Greatest Heartbreaker and The Burner
  • Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
  • Trivia: She believed she had significant native American ancestry and took a DNA test where the results were revealed in 2006 that she is mostly African American with 33% European and 1% native American (Cherokee and Navajo)
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"Sometimes you have to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down - get rid of it"

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"I am strong. I lived through a divorce, separation from my family. I never let it break me down ... I've floated through the disaster of my past clean. I arrived here undamaged"

Tina Turner

"it was my relationship with Ike that made me most unhappy. At first, I had really been in love with him. Look what he'd done for me. But he was totally unpredictable"

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"I have forgiven him, but I would not work with him. He asked for one more tour with me, and I said, No, absolutely not"

Tina Turner

"My peace of mind was more important"

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"You can't put the public on hold, because they might not be there when you get back. I have a pathological fear of stopping"

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"The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself - something that's in all of us"

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"Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life"

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"Onstage, I'm acting the whole time I'm there. As soon as I get out of those songs, I'm Tina again"

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"I never got into that Beverly Hills world. So many pretentious people. They just aren't real"

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"Private Dancer was the beginning of my success in England and Europe"

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"I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet"

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"It's not what happens, but how you deal with it"

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"If you'll just stand up and go, life will open up for you"

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"My legacy is that I stayed on course...from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me"

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"This is what I want in heaven... words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies"

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"I'm not an alcoholic. I've never smoked, I've never done drugs"

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"I know the difference between black magic and white magic"

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"My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself"

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"Physical strength in a woman - that's what I am"

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Tina Turner Biography

Tina Turner was the girl from a broken Nutbush, Tennessee home whose talent saw her rise and fall from the dizzy heights of rock and roll fame only for her to reinvent herself and reclaim the crown of The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll in a story of modern day musical legend.

The majority of artists who become famous and then fade away fall back on the memories of loyal fans to continue performing in an effort to keep the pay cheques rolling. Tina Turner was different, her fall from grace was mired in the worst aspects of rock and roll over indulgence with her partner and mentor Ike Turner losing the plot during a mid 1970's downturn in their popularity.



Having grown tired of the abuse she left penniless in a bid to rediscover herself and start again. She was used to working her way up the hard way, in the 1960's with Ike they had one of the best and most polished live acts on the circuit but still struggled to break into the big time.

In 1966 they had their big break with the Phil Spector inspired "River Deep, Mountain High" which initially flopped in the U.S. but was a huge success in Europe. This was the record that paved the way for her first success and although Ike taught Tina how to dress and move on stage she was the real star during their 10 years at the top.

From her split with Ike in 1976 her path back to success was long and arduous but ultimately worthwhile, in 1983 she had her first sense that she was on the right track with her version of the Al Green number "Let's Stay Together" rising high in the UK charts.

Tina's Capitol Records label could smell the money and they released her "Private Dancer" album which saw her career go back into an upward trajectory with the hits coming just as fast as the awards bestowed onto her talent. In between world sell out tours she released her autobiography "I Tina" and her 1993 biopic "What's Love Got to Do with It".

Turner's iconic look has also graced the silver screen where in 1975 she played the role of "The Acid Queen" in the rock opera "Tommy" and in 1985 she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as "Aunty Entity" in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome".

In the music industry reinventing yourself is not an easy task, it takes a special talent to rise phoenix like from the flames and Tina Turner did exactly that to become the rock and roll legend that we all know and love. In amongst the headlines she generated she was good for a one liner also, so this is my compilation of 20 of the best Tina Turner quotes

Quotes About Tina Turner

Music producer Robert Krasnow described them thus: "Ike saw her as the ultimate woman, as a Venus, the perfect girl. It was a fantasy of his and she played to this image for him, or was a partner to it because she wanted the same things he did"

Ike Turner spoke of his influence when he said: "When I met her she was Anna Mae. I was the one who turned her into Tina Turner"

Phil Spector who produced her first hit recalled: "I always loved Tina. I never knew how great she was. She really is as great as Aretha is. I mean, in her own bag she is sensational, and Joplin and all that"

Mick Jagger recognised her talent early on when he was quoted as saying: "I was influenced by her. She’s one of the first women performers I worked with who has the same aggressive thing that I’ve got"


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