With a career spanning over half a century, and hits that range from pop to rock, R&B and soul, Tina Turner is a musical powerhouse who has inspired generations of musicians and fans alike. Born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee, Turner’s first connection with music was in church, where, like many of the great vocalists, she sang in the choir. She began her musical career performing alongside Ike Turner, who would later become her husband. There’s no doubt that Ike and Tina Turner were a formidable duo who helped shape soul music in the 60s, but Turner was a musical force to be reckoned with all by herself. From the very beginning, her raw, gritty voice stood out from the crowd, and she could belt out songs at the top of her lungs, ensuring everyone heard her message. That voice took her from the studio to the stage, the big screen and the theatre, and ensured that the best Tina Turner songs still stand the test of time.
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20: Ooh Poo Pah Doo (with Ike Turner) (1971)
Initially written and recorded by Jessie Hill, Ooh Poo Pah Doo was covered by numerous artists, and Ike and Tina Turner gave it a go on a number of occasions, featuring the song on 1965’s Live! The Ike & Tina Turner Show before cutting it in the studio for 1970’s Workin’ Together. Released as a single in 1971, Ooh Poo Pah Doo hit No.31 on the Billboard R&B chart. Heavy piano keys provide the intro to this funky blues track, with Tina’s vocals adding the spirit and soul.