Tina Turner Talks Touring With Oprah Winfrey: 'Tired of Singing and Dancing'
... high-energy show. She says that she was "becoming tired of singing and dancing," emphasizing how certain songs in the show "worked" her "a little bit harder" than others. In the interview, Turner goes on to say that if she were to "ever go back (to live performing) for any reason," she'd have to "create another way" for audiences to "accept" a different kind of show. Perhaps that means a show without energetic dancing in high-heels -- a staple of Turner's concerts. The full interview will air Sunday at 9/8 Central p.m. on OWN. Tina Turner
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Tina Turner Celebrates New Marriage In Switzerland
... Tina Turner
celebrated her marriage to music executive Erwin Bach today with a Buddist-inspired party at her Swiss lakeside estate. Authorities have temporarily barring boats from sailing nearby by up to 100 meters, to prevent potential accidents by onlookers. More than 120 guests -- including David Bowie, Sade and Oprah Winfrey -- wore white as they joined the longtime couple, after their wedding ceremony from about a month ago. Turner wore a white gown designed by Giorgio Armani, according to local press. Bach had proposed to Turner before she turned 50 (she's 73 now), but they held off on marriage for decades thereafter. "Erwin and I don't feel that we need a marriage. We are just as married now as if it was legal," Turner has said. Watch Turner and Bach discuss their relationship -- including why it differs from Turner's previous marriage to Ike Turner -- in various interviews after the jump. [via NPR] Tina Turner
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Tina Turner celebrates her wedding in Switzerland
... GENEVA (AP) -- Tina Turner
is celebrating her wedding to Erwin Bach with a party at her Swiss lakeside estate near Zurich. Swiss media are reporting that pop stars David Bowie, Sade and talk show impresario Oprah Winfrey are among the more than 120 guests invited to Sunday's Buddhist-inspired event. Zurich police spokeswoman Esther Surber says authorities are temporarily barring boats on Lake Zurich from nearing Turner's Chateau Algonquin estate in the Kuesnacht municipality to prevent onlookers from causing accidents on the waterway. About a month ago, the 73-year-old American pop star tied the knot with Bach, a 57-year-old German music executive and her longtime beau, at the town hall in the wealthy community. Turner's marriage to her former musical partner, the late Ike Turner, ended in divorce. Tina Turner
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Turner is known as a consummate professional when it comes to recording. Rupert Hine
, who did songwriting and production work on 3 of her '80s albums, told us: "She's extremely special and I've never ever witnessed such a one-take wonder as Tina Turner. And that's because she approaches things in such a diligent way and she 'owns the song' - that's the phrase she used to use, which basically means she sings along with it at home. I give her a songwriter's demo and then she'll sing it in her key. And then the point where she sings along with the tape and she feels she's got it, it's now her song. Then she'll call me up and say, 'Okay, it's my song now. I'm ready.' Then I literally go and pick her up, take her to the studio, and with not even a cup of tea or any sort of small talk, she'll go straight up to the microphone and give it one take. She'd be professionally happy to give you as many takes as you'd like, but you don't need it. The one take is just extraordinary. And if you ask her how she does that, she says, 'I do it the same way I do all my live vocals. When I go up and stand in front of a quarter of a million people in Brazil and sing at one concert, each song I only sing once.'"
The 1993 movie What's Love Got To Do With It is about her life. Angela Bassett stars as Turner.
Her real name is Anna Mae Bullock. Ike Turner convinced her to change it, and he like the name Tina because it sounded like "Sheena," who was queen of the jungle.
She married bandleader Ike Turner in 1958. She divorced him in 1978 after years of abuse. She had four children with Ike. She took nothing in the divorce and supported them on her own, briefly living on food stamps.
A 24-year-old Bryan Adams
was her support act on Turner's Private Dancer tour, and would perform "It's Only Love
" with Tina on stage. Adams told us: "I used to go to see her in the clubs when I was in my late teens/early 20s before she hit the big time. It was incredible to watch her. Amazingly when we toured together years later, I never saw Tina walk through a performance, she always put on a great show, and was gracious and grateful to her audience."
She sang with Mick Jagger at Live Aid in 1985. In the '60s, she and Ike toured with The Rolling Stones in the US.
In 1985, she acted with Mel Gibson in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and also sang the theme song. Other movies she's appeared in: The Big T.N.T. Show (1966), Gimme Shelter (1970), It's Your Thing (1970), Tommy (1975), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and Last Action Hero (1993).
Tina's hair fell out in 1960 after she tried to bleach it - she's been wearing wigs ever since.
Her nose was surgically reconstructed after it was repeatedly broken by Ike. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
She was a cheerleader and played on the girl's basketball team while in high school. (thanks, Chantrelle - Hattiesburg, MS)
Turner has been a practicing Buddhist since 1975.
She is part Navajo and part Cherokee. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
At the Grammy awards in 2008, Tina was the subject of a tribute where she performed "Proud Mary
" with Beyonce, who introduced Tina Turner as "The Queen." The introduction didn't go over well with Aretha Franklin, who is known as the "Queen Of Soul." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
She had the highest grossing tour in the year 2000. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Tina was the top grossing act of the year 2000. Her farewell tour made $80 Million in 95 performances.
Tina Turner married German music producer Erwin Bach in a discreet civil ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich in the summer of 2013. David Bowie
and talk show impresario Oprah Winfrey were among the more than 120 guests who were invited for a private celebration at her lakeside chateau.