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Tina Turner

Long before she was crowned “The Queen of Rock and Roll,” Tina Turner was slugging it out on the chitlin’ circuit with the Ike & Tina Revue. From the early 1960s through the duo’s acrimonious schism in 1978, Tina’s mesmerizing presence was unmistakable on monster hits like “River Deep-Mountain High,” “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limits.”

It wasn’t until 1984’s high heel-bearing solo breakthrough Private Dancer, however, that the former Anna Mae Bullock truly struck gold on her own. Besides notching MTV favorites “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Better Be Good to Me,” she scored a role in Mel Gibson’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome—her first film since playing the part of the seductive and predatory “Acid Queen” in the Who’s Tommy a decade earlier.

By the ’90s, Turner kept adding to her nearly 200 million worldwide album sales, hitting new heights with a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Two years later, a biopic/soundtrack combo fittingly called What’s Love Got to Do with It banked at the box office, and was followed by latter-day hits like “The Best” and “GoldenEye.”

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