Most people often times talk about leaving behind a legacy in what they do, but only a few get to accomplish this. 

No one has ever celebrated mediocrity or average performance.

To leave behind a legacy, you must operate far above average to be on the top of your game. 

In the music industry, we can cite a lot of examples but for the purpose of highlighting how young artistes today can rise from where they are to leave a legacy, we will look at the boundary-breaking 60-year career of a singer who crossed racial lines overcame violent oppression revolutionize the industry and left a legacy.

Tina Turner was one artiste that operated far above average. 

She overcame the obstacles that came her way to leave a legacy. 

Her sonorous vocal and unstoppable energy were her trademark and today, she still evokes the euphoria synonymous to rock music.

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The popular singer named Annie Mae Bullock was born near Brownsville, Tennessee. She started singing as a teen and joined Ike Turner’s touring show as an 18-year-old backup vocalist. From the moment Tina stepped on the stage as a lead singer, she became a vibrant force.

Watch her famous song

Download the MP3: What’s Love Got To Do With It

What did she do differently?

1. Tina Turner Gives an Outstanding Performance Every Time She Performs 

Tina Turner Performing

She started singing in her teens and joined the Ike Turner’s touring show as an 18-year-old backup vocalist. Tina voice and performance on the stage became so obvious that she became the lead singer of the group in less than 2years. This was the point she got the attention for a smooth-running soul revue headed by Ike and his Kings of Rhythm. The couple hit the charts in 1960 with “A Fool in Love,” and led charting singles throughout the ‘60s.

2. She Confronted her Challenges 

Leaving Legacy Behind

As the couples continued to meet the public expectations with the release of hit singles. One of the notable singles was “Proud Mary,” a number four hit that became the capstone of Ike & Tina’s Revue. Meanwhile, despite the success, Ike increasing became violent and abusive behind the scenes. Tina Turner confronted his violent and abusiveness by breaking up with him. In 1971 finally broke free from him to chart a new cause for her music career.

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3. Tina Tuner Charted a New-Path for Her Career 

Tina Turner Performing

After the breakup, she charted a new path for her career with an acclaimed role in the film version of the Who’s Tommy. A movie where she played the role of an Acid Queen. Tina delivered a brief performance in a movie one would describe as a forgettable mistake. Tina wanted to try something new; she thought her music career was over. Unknown to her this was just the beginning.


4. She Bounced Back and Broke the Boundaries

Tina Photo Shot

Despite her shortfalls, Tina returned in 1983 to break the limits and return to fame. First, she teamed with a Heaven 17 project named B.E.F. on a remake of the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion.” Bouncing back, Tina’s vocal offering she gained a solo deal with Capitol that same year.

This led to her first single, a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which hit the Top 30 early in 1984. The second single became one of the famous songs she’s known for “What’s Love Got to do with it”. The song became one of the year’s biggest hits, spending three weeks at number one.

Her album Private Dancer included two more Top Ten singles, the title track and “Better Be Good to Me.”

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5. Tina Gave Acting Another Second Chance 

What Love Got to do with it

Having given a brief performance in the first movie she acted for the second time. This time, Tina Turner went beyond acting in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome to singing the theme of the movie “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” which became a number two hit in 1985. She continued to release hit singles on the chart from the year 1986 to around 2010.

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6. She Released Her Life’s Bio

Stage Performance

Late 2010, Turner focused on making a bio-musical about her life, which began production in 2016. The bio featured Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical debuted in London in 2018.

That year, she also published her second memoir, Tina Turner: My Love Story, and was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at that year’s Grammy.

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