On May 24, 2023, the music world was hit with the devastating news of the passing of the legendary singer-songwriter, Tina Turner, at her residence in Küsnacht, Switzerland. At the age of 83, after enduring a prolonged battle with cancer, stroke, and kidney failure, the American “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” left a significant legacy and void in the music industry.
Having started her music career in 1957 as a vocalist with Ike Turner’s band, the Kings of Rhythm, Tina would go on to form Ike & Tina Turner with her then-husband and release 22 studio albums. Following her departure from the duo in 1976 and subsequent divorce in 1978, she embarked on a successful solo career, releasing ten studio albums that further solidified her status as a music powerhouse.
With over 100 million records sold globally, Tina Turner was one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Her musical prowess earned her eight Grammy Awards and two inductions into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, first alongside Ike Turner and later as a solo artist in 2021. Beyond music, her life story was immortalized in four memoirs, and she was honored with stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Tributes poured in from the music industry and beyond, reflecting on the influence and impact of Tina Turner. The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Norwegian DJ Kygo were among those who mourned the loss of the iconic performer. Her spirit, talent, and legacy continue to inspire artists and music lovers around the world, underlining the fact that the star’s light will never fade.