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Remembering Tina Turner

By Chloe Chang


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Legendary musician Tina Turner passed away on May 24th at the age of 83.


She will always be remembered for her impact on the music industry and how she inspired countless other artists.


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Tina Turner was known to be the "Queen of Rock and Soul" and had a magnetic stage presence. She rose to fame in the late 60s as a part of the Ike & Tina Turner duo with Ike Turner. She then later became a solo artist in the 80s and truly paved her own way in the music world.


With songs like "River Deep - Mountain High," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Lose You,"

"Private Dancer," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)," and many more, Tina Turner introduced her distinctive voice and presence.


Tina Turner has won countless awards and records including a previously held Guiness World Record for the largest paying audience for a solo performance in 1988, and 12 Grammys. She is the only female artist to have a Grammy in the pop, rock, and R&B genres. Turner has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Soul Music Hall of Fame, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.


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Those who have come to know Tina Turner over the years--friends, family, and coworkers-- have taken to social media in tribute of her.


Max Lousada, the CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, released a statement calling Tina Turner, "A global icon and trailblazer, instantly recognizable by her incredible voice and inimitable style, she was one of the greatest stars of all time."


Mick Jagger tweeted, "I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her."


On Instagram, Lizzo posted a video with the caption, "THERE IS NO ROCK N ROLL WITH OUT TINA TURNER." In the video, she said, "As a black girl in a rock band, I would not exist if it was not for the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll."


Oprah, a close friend of Turner's, posted a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. She wrote, "I started out as a fan of Tina Turner, then a full-on groupie, following her from show to show around the country, and then, eventually, we became real friends. She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life... I am a better woman, a better human, because her life touched mine. She was indeed simply the best."



Tina Turner will always be remembered for her strength, her talent, her passion, and much much more.


Photo by Hermann J. Knippertz




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