Tina Turner recalls her first Nutbush love with a twinkle in her eyes during an interview with Oprah in 2005
Behind the chart-topping hits and rockstar life, Tina Turner has had a tumultuous and painful relationship with her ex-husband and former singer partner Ike and remembers her first love during an interview.
Tina Turner is known for her remarkable voice, outstanding performances and R&B hits that have become longtime favorites such as “Nutbush City Limit”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero. “.
Born Anna Mae Bullock, she dreamed of being a star watching Loretta Young and Betty Grable on the silver screens of the “White Neighbors” television that she watched once a week as a child. Little Anna lived with her maternal grandmother in the small town of Nutbush in the Tennessee.
When her grandmother died, Tina moved to live with her mother in St. Louis, Missouri. As a teenager, she immersed herself in the R&B scene in St. Louis. It was at Club Manhattan in 1956 that she met her former partner and ex-husband Ike.
WHEN IKE AND TINA TURNER REVUE WAS BORN
Ike often played at the club as the frontman of the Kings of Rhythm group. Tina took the stage to sing a BB King and Ike song and she immediately bonded and quickly became the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
The pair scored several chart-topping R&B hits in the 1960s, including “A Fool in Love”, “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” and “Tra La La La La”.
FROM THE STORY OF LOVE TO THE STORY OF HORROR
From successful partners to a real relationship, Tina and Ike tied the knot in 1962 in Tijuana, Mexico. What came to the public later, with more detail in the 2018 memoir, âMy Love Storyâ was the physical and emotional abuse Tina suffered from him.
The glow the two had on stage masked Ike’s violent behavior towards her partner, culminating in a relentless point where Tina was forced to perform right after being beaten.
Tina said in her memoir that she lived in constant fear and pain, enduring her drug addiction and shamelessly parading her mistresses:
“He threw hot coffee in my face, burning me in the third degree. He used my nose like a punching bag. […] that I could feel the blood rushing down my throat when I sang.
Tina revealed that she attempted suicide during one of their tours. She took 50 sleeping pills and woke up in a hospital, with Ike next to her saying, “You should have died, (expletive).”
She ultimately left Ike in a bloody scape with 56 cents in her pocket. She began a new life and a solo career making her return in her mid-forties. She took off with a remake of Al Green’s song, “Let’s Stay Together”.
WHAT LOVE HAS TO SEE WITH THIS
Since leaving Ike, Tina has become a worldwide hit. On her solo album “Private Dancer”, she sold over 10 million copies, landed a number one hit with “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and won three Grammys.
For around 30 years, Tina has lived in Switzerland with her longtime partner, Erwin Bach. Tina confessed that with Erwin it was love at first sight:
âMy heart went boom. It means that a soul has met and my hands were shaking.
But it was during an interview with Oprah in 2005 that Tina opened up about her first love, Nutbush:
âWhen I think of Harry now, my heart beats faster. He was the most handsome guy. Everything was in its place: her eyes, her nose, her mouth. He was a basketball star.
She shared with Oprah that Harry took her virginity and stopped seeing him because her grandmother didn’t approve of the relationship, even though Tina was madly in love:
âAt the time, I wanted to get married and have children. Harry would have been that one.
Tina and Bach married in 2013 in Zurich after decades of relationship. In her 2005 interview with Oprah, Tina said marriage didn’t really matter to her – what matters is their happiness.
They tied the knot in a lavish ceremony that included a guest list of stars including Oprah Winfrey, David Bowie, Gayle King, Giorgio Armani and Bryan Adams.
In 2016, Tina suffered from several ailments, including high blood pressure and her kidneys were not functioning properly. Bach donated one of his kidneys to save Tina from dialysis.
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