Known In The '70s For: Being a singer of the band the Ike & Tina Turner Revue
Tina had been performing with husband Ike Turner since the late '50s, and was always clearly the star—shimmy in a mini-skirt and people just tend to pay attention. The early '70s were a fertile period for Ike & Tina, at least musically, as they scored chart hits with a series of covers that included Sly & The Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher," the Beatles' "Come Together," and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary."
Yet for Tina, the years were nightmarish. She had already tried to commit suicide in 1969, but it wasn't until 1976, after suffering a beating in Dallas, that Tina found the nerve to leave Ike. She lost most everything but her stage name (and she assumed some debts) in the divorce proceedings, which ended in 1978. Tina picked herself up and began her career anew, performing in her own cabaret-style show and appearing as a guest on numerous TV shows. A long climb back to prominence would culminate in the 1984 album Private Dancer.