Oh, shucks. I never listened to Tina Turner actively, but her hits are obviously a big part of my childhood. Her two forrays into film songs -- "Goldeneye" and "We Don't Need Another Hero" -- are also excellent. I still think "Goldeneye" is the best Bond song ever written.
Oh no. Such a huge and real persona. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was the first film I bought on VHS, also the first film I bought on DVD, I skipped Blu, but it's day one on 4k when my new tv lands. I hold a candle for Auntie Entity and if I was a badass I'd probably be a hand crossbow guy.
I had the great fortune to meet her once. I remember being surprised that she was much smaller than I expected without the wig and high heels on. She was also extremely gracious, especially since I was part of the last group of media people to be allowed backstage before her concert and she had probably been doing the meet and greet events for hours. A beautiful person, powerful performer, and irreplaceable talent.
Very sad, indeed. "River Deep, Mountain High" is one of the best songs of the mid-sixties. Beyond Thunderdome is my favorite of the Gibson-era Mad Max films; it's certainly the most intelligent of the three.
She was probably one of the Most Empowering Women I can recall, growing up in the 80s. After her abusive relationship with Ike, she really dominated the stage with her Powerful Vocals and Image. As noted, quite small in stature, when seen on stage (or in videos) in the Big Heels and Big Hair and aggressive manner, she was someone you weren't gonna mess with. She must have been an inspiration to many girls/women during that time. And I found her quite sexy too. Her Amazon Woman turn in MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME is brilliant. She leaves behind tunes that will never be forgotten (What's Love Got To Do With It, Simply The Best, Private Dancer, We Don't Need Another Hero). RIP Fine Lady.
There was an excellent exhibit that ran for about a year at the Missouri Historical Society that focused on the history of St. Louis music--Tina Turner grew up there. The exhibit had many old artifacts from her days with Ike Turner, including a few of those stage outfits she wore back in the 60s and 70s. The famous Club Imperial where Ike and Tina used to play still stood for many years after, hosting live bands. Went there a few times in the 70s (post the Ike and Tina era) and tried to imagine those four walls containing the level of energy that band generated.
P.S. In the early 70s Frank Zappa recorded Overnight Sensation at Ike's studio and Tina and the Ikettes recorded very nasty backing vocals--for scale--on the infamous "Dinah Moe Humm."