Tina Turner was many things; an icon, a once in a lifetime talented artist and a dynamic performer. Very few artists compared to the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll in terms of passion, dedication and musical flair. She rose to fame in the 1960s with her hit single ‘A Fool in Love’. Tina Turner stood out amongst the masses due to the fact that she refused to be held back by any barriers. She got out of a terrible phase in her relationship and overcame systemic industry problems, successfully managing to create a name for herself.
Against all odds and expectations, Turner triumphed. Capturing audiences across the world with her soulful voice and stage presence, it is not difficult to understand why Tina Turner was so beloved. ‘Private Dancer’, her debut solo album, not only sold more than 20 million copies, but also went on to win three Grammys. She created an eclectic mix of R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll which captivated audiences, having millions relating to her lyrics and beats.
Over time, Turner grew even larger than her musical career, becoming a cultural icon in her own right. Her story empowered people, while her music inspired them. Iconic musicians such as Janelle Monáe, David Bowie and Beyonce were heavily influenced by Tina Turner. On stage, her iconic dance moves, unique style and unending charisma kept fans coming back for more. The universal themes of love, loss and resilience in her songs lent a timeless quality to her music.
Tina Turner created history in many ways, being the first black female artist to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stones. Rightly named the Queen of Rock and Roll, Turner was also one of the few artists who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Refusing to fit into the standards of youth that Rock focused on at the time, she created a new 70s retro style, making the genre thoroughly her own. She rebranded herself and had one of the most unbelievable comebacks in music history. In fact, Tina Turner had inadvertently created the very concept of a comeback.
Though Tina Turner sadly passed away on 24th May, 2023, the vibrant legacy she left behind keeps her alive in the hearts of millions across the world. Her impact ripples throughout history till date, continuing to prove her importance as an artist and an inspiration to all. Her music united people.
– Ira Bhowmick