Category: ike & tina turner

Tina Turner, Proud Mary, 1971. If you’re here for an Ike & Tina soul ballad, hit play and enjoy yourself for the next minute and 55 seconds, at which point Tina blows it to smithereens. 

If you’re here for Tina, skip ahead to about 1:40 to catch your breath for a couple of seconds before Tina takes it away.

Tina’s rendition reached its peak in March 1971, exactly two years after Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original version reached its peak, winning the Grammy for 1971′s Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group. 

In fact, Solomon Burke recorded a cover before Ike & Tina did, very soulful of course, very worth your while to track down, but also very much in line with John Fogerty’s original performance. As Burke recalled later, though, “The greatest thing I ever did was tell Ike Turner, ‘Hey man, you should get on this record… I think you and Tina could tear this thing up.’”

The wisdom of Solomon is right again! Tina’s performance simply obliterates everything in its path.

1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.

Tina Turner, Central Park, Schaefer Music Festival, July 13 1970, by Walter Iooss Jr, via theguardian, “The Making of a Rock and Roll Revolutionary”

Tina Turner, Hamburg 1972, by Heinrich Klaffs

Tina Turner doing that upside down hand goggles thing, Wembley Empire Pool, 1972, by Mick Gold

Tina Turner, London 1974, by Mick Rock

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Ebony magazine covers from 1971

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Ike and Tina Turner in Ghana for the “Soul to Soul” concert, March 1971.

Photos by Dennis Stock

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Tina Turner performing at the “Soul to Soul” concert in Accra, Ghana on March 6, 1971.

A concert (and film and album) that also featured Wilson Pickett, Santana, Roberta Flack and more.

Janis Joplin joining Tina Turner onstage at Madison Square Garden, where Ike & Tina were opening for The Rolling Stones, by Amalie R. Rothschild