Tina Turner, the music legend who brought us such enduring and classic hits as “Private Dancer,” What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and an extraordinary cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” has passed away after a long illness. She was 83.
To do her justice, here’s an excerpt from the Rolling Stone appreciation, which described her as “the raspy-voiced fireball who overcame domestic abuse and industry ambivalence to emerge as one of rock and soul’s brassiest, most rousing and most inspirational performers:”
“Starting with her performances with her ex-husband Ike, Turner injected an uninhibited, volcanic stage presence into pop. Even with choreographed backup singers — both with Ike and during her own career — Turner never seemed reined in. Her influence on rock, R&B, and soul singing and performance was also immeasurable. Her delivery influenced everyone from Mick Jagger to Mary J. Blige, and her high-energy stage presence (topped with an array of gravity-defying wigs) was passed down to Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. Turner’s message — one that resounded with generations of women — was that she could hold her own onstage against any man.”
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