On November 26, Tina Turner turns 80. Join us in wishing her a happy birthday by sharing your personal love story with Tina.
What does Tina Turner mean to you? What is your most exciting Tina experience? What is your personal wish for Ms Turner? Share it with us!
We will collect all entries, and compile the most touching messages in a book that we will deliver to Tina Turner as a birthday present.
Important: if you wish for your message to be included in the book, please post it until October 26, 2019.
Very happy birthday to you.
Thank you for every time you have made me dance, sing and be happy from decade to decade.
Englands heart will always be with you along with your legions of fans.
When I was 10 my parents let me watch the movie What’s Love Got To Do With It (questionable parenting I know.) But THAT WAS IT. It changed my life. I needed to know more about you. I needed to listen to all of your recordings. I got I, Tina from the library and devoured it. I would rent your concerts from the local video store and watch them on repeat. You were all I could talk about.
I am 36 years old now and you have been a part of my journey ever since. I have followed your career closely and with absolute pride. My life would not have been the same without you. There are no words I can use to fully describe what you have meant to me. You are my Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Happy 80th Birthday Tina Turner and thank you for all you’ve given me, without ever even knowing it. All the best.
It was 1985, I was just a very small child. After having learned to speak, I was beginning to notice everything and everyone around me! But then there was this unique and very different WILD lady that we saw everywhere at that time - on television and on pictures, and whose unmistakable raspy and unusual voice, we heard on the radio!
She was unlike any woman or any person I had ever seen or met, and I just couldn't believe what I saw and what I heard! She was so wild and incredible. No one else was like Tina Turner! When I asked my mother who she was, she replied: "One of the most amazing women in entertainment!", and she knew because my mother told me that she had owned several records by Ike and Tina Turner when she was growing up!
Two years later, in 1987 Tina was in my home country Denmark to do a major stadium concert, and I was still so young, but my parents didn't allow me to go to the show! Couldn't they have gone with me? Nevertheless I was destroyed not to be able to go! In my mind I said: "Tina you must continue so that I can go and see you, and as many times as I like!!!!".
The next time Tina was back in Copenhagen was in 1990, and I was sad that she called it her Farewell Tour because to me this "Foreign Affair" had just started. I was still so young and only had the opportunity to see her live once then, but wow, that one first time I ever saw Tina live, was amazingly and incredibly on my birthday!!! Yes, the best birthday present I could wish for. I went there and got upfront! Everything changed that day! I had never seen anything like it, and it was beyond just the music - it was something spiritual - something really powerful which you can´t describe in words! A soul connection in fact, and I felt it strongly and couldn't put it into words, but it was there.
Tina does not know how a lot of people feel or how they connect with her, in fact I don't think she can imagine how she really speaks to people on a cellular level, in a really spiritual way!
In 1996, the year where my wildest dreams came true several times, everything had changed! Getting to know people from all over the world who shared the love for Tina, was an amazing thing! We were an incredible network of wonderful and fun people from all over who joined up, got together, had celebrations, and went on that entire Wildest Dreams World Tour! It's almost embarrassing to admit, but the amount of shows that I saw with Tina in 1996, is rather unbelievable! 😂😊 But if I admit that I've seen her over 100 times live in total, would be fair and still perhaps "holding back"! I will never forget the many wonderful times Tina came down to the audience in first row, giving us the microphone to sing, and how many times I sang "Nutbush one more time" and later on; "Twenty Four Seven". She always seemed to present there and looked so surprised everytime I sang into the mike.
1996 was the great year! I finally got to meet Tina several times, both privately a few times at a hotel in Copenhagen, and at her birthday party celebration for selected fans in Dortmund, Germany. Being in her presence was so powerful and strong, but it sure did feel amazing. She has a very inspirational and almost other-worldly charisma when you are in front of her. I had some really fun moments with her, and got to see different sides of her. Both the more calm, wise Tina, and the wild, fun-happy Tina. Her band members and dancers were wonderful people also, and as a teenager growing up wanting to be a performer myself, these experiences meant a lot and gave me a lot of strength and energy. That is what Tina does give you; energy, strength, hope, a clear vision and drive.
I also got to call her on the phone live on the air, on the popular CNN TV talkshow "Larry King Live", on which Tina appeared in 1997. Many experiences followed, seeing Tina live on her two tours after that; "Twenty Four Seven" in 2000 and "50th Anniversary Tour in 2008/2009 + going to the tapings of several TV shows where she appeared. It was a memorable moment seeing Tina again, being ON the stage with Tina and many children in Copenhagen for the rehearsal for the Hans Christian Andersen show in Denmark in 2005.
I went to Nutbush, Tennessee with all of the Tina-friends and enjoyed the museum about her extraordinary life, and got to film an interview with Rhonda Graam, Tina´s longtime friend, assistant and former manager since 1964. Rhonda is also deservedly featured in the wonderful success musical "TINA! The Tina Turner Musical".
All of the many people who still loves Tina continue to bond, and meet practically every year - and it´s a LOT OF FUN!!! Just havin´ fun! I met some of my most wonderful and important friends in life, because of Tina.
I can´t imagine a world without Tina Turner, and I can´t express how much she has meant to me. But she will always be in my heart. There is something about Tina which feels like HOME to me. She is the GREATEST of them all - it goes way BEYOND!!!
I am very grateful that I lived this lifetime on this particular timeline, at the same time as Tina Turner. I was so young when she entered my life and began to have a special meaning for me. I can´t imagine what my world would have been without her.
THANK YOU TINA!
Lucas Alexander (27 October 2019)
my name is Jørgen Kube, I am a photo-editor and photographer from Germany.
I have to say that you are wonderful in every way!
I love your voice, your songs, your message and your attitude.
You inspire me so much and I want to thank you for it.
I live in Hamburg and my partner Marshall and I was at the premiere/press performance of Tina -The Musical.
It was amazing. But the cherry on top was that you where there and came out on stage after the second curtain.
Your speach was so wonderful and inspiring. Marshall and I ran to the backstage door hoping you might come out, but you had already left the theater.
I had my german Vogue with you on the cover with me, in hope that maybe you would sign it for me.
I’ve made a copie of that cover, sent it to you and you signed it and sent it back. Thank you so much! And of course I framed it and it`s hanging on the wall now.
I read your new biography, I was extremely touched, it made me cry. I love that book.
I hope you are well now, because you deserve simply the best!
I send you positive energy and wish you a wonderful & stunning 80th birthday!
Best wishes and lots of love from Hamburg,
Happiest of Birthdays to you.
I thank you for being the constant bright light in my life. You me bring me joy and happiness in everything you do.
You have saved my life. Brought me out of the darkest moments in my life, and when I would think there was no way out, you always show me I can do better and it will get better.
You are loved by so many, and I thank for so many happy memories and lessons and sharing your story and music with me.
as everybody else I want to tell you how important you are for me in my life next to my family and friends.
You and your music had the biggest influence to me, you became the wave that carried me on my journey and development as a person.
It started in September 1984 when I saw the video to „what’s love..“
I still remember the feelings, I was totally flashed by the voice, the music and the woman I saw walking around the streets of NYC.
I went right away to the record store and got my very first album „Private Dancer“
I was listening to it for weeks and months, constantly, and by the way I was driving my family „crazy“ but stayed on track!
My first concert was in Frankfurt Break every rule tour
I wanted to go sooo bad, but my mum said no, you will not go to a Rock’n’Roll concert on your own.
We discussed for weeks, but when my mum says No, it is No.
I was so disappointed, but as a school boy without income I needed my parents to buy it, I was really unhappy, all I wanted was to see my STAR.
Christmas came and the kid that always loved the season, couldn’t show any joy. I didn’t like my presents, didn’t wanna eat or enjoying the family time,
My mum said, take your things to your room, what I did.
When I turned on the light in my room there was an envelope on my bed and I thought what is this?
When I opened it, there it was, my first concert tickets and I was going to see you.
This was the most wonderful Christmas I could imagine, I was the happiest person on the planet.
The show flashed me and it was all over, I knew I would follow you for the rest of my life, what I did!
I can still hear you at the end of Paradise is here saying
„thank you for coming, I don’t say good bye, I only say Gute Nacht, I see you again“
Your music became the beat to my memories, with every song there are personal memories and stories and this will last forever.
Luckily I could attend on all tours since break every rule all over Europe and USA.
I hope our stories show you how important you are, for so many people, your statements were always strong and gave direction
„Never rest, always move on“
„ believe in your dreams and the future belongs to you“ etc.
You made the world a better place and people got faith and hope because of you.
When I was a young teenager living on country side in Germany I figured out that I was different, I thought I was the onliest one who is attracted to boys and didn’t know what to do.
I was listening to TINA, it made everything better and I felt okay, ready to explore the world. Trouble at work, in private, I always asked myself „what would TINA do“ and than I was looking for statements, made my decision and moved on, carried by you and your music.
I am thankful for that!!!
When I read „my Lovestory“ I was really touched. When I finished it I was ready to open a new chapter in my very own one.
I asked my boyfriend if he wants to marry me and he said yes!
We had the greatest day of our life so far and one of my favorite moments was dancing to „I don’t wanna loose you“ with him.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I wish you a very happy 80. birthday, enjoy your day and many more years in happiness with Erwin.
Kiss and hug from Wolfgang
you can still publish your story here but it won't make it into the book anymore
Thank you for your music. You've inspired me not be embarrassed to wear wigs and it's never too late to start again.
Wishing you all the love and joy your heart can hold always, Samira
I was 4 years old when I was first captivated by your presence.
It was 1988, when your record-breaking Rio 88 concert was on HBO. My parents told me that when you flew on to stage, I stood still and was totally fascinated. Even at that young age, your talent and soulfulness drew me in! It is a testament to your energy and life force.
I am now 35 and through the years my appreciation for you has endured, "but only now my love has grown!
Your music, spirituality, and life story has brought me through the best of times and the worst of times.
May you have a wonderful 80th birthday and I wish you abundant health and joy! You have earned it!
Love, Peter Andrews
It was 1984 and I was learning to talk. I would say “yes” “no” “mom” “dad” and something else my parents couldn’t decipher. They said I’d walk around saying “got do, got do” and they had no idea what I was saying. As they had MTV playing all day long, eventually they caught me saying “got do got do” as the video for “What’s Love Got To Do With It” was playing. They figured it out! I had been singing your #1. A couple of months later you were on tour so they took me to your Private Dancer concert - at 2 years old!!! A few years later they took me to Break Every Rule at only 5 years old! With the words “got do” I was instantly a fan - almost from birth!
As you toured Europe for the Foreign Affair tour my only other exposure to you was your Simply The Best album but then I REALLY kicked it back into high gear when promotion for What’s Love Got To Do With It the movie was going strong. I started my first video tape collection, recording your various appearances on Entertainment Tonight and different music awards. Little did I know how much “I Don’t Wanna Fight” would come to be the theme for the next few years.
My parents divorced and life was turbulent. Dad had been beating mom for years and we had just become accustomed to it. He was a violent, controlling alcoholic and they parted ways. My sister and I stayed with our mom but I fought with my mother constantly. I could find such solace in “I Don’t Wanna Fight” as it was literally the theme for my life at the time. Eventually my mother found a new husband. She took my sister and moved to Alline, leaving me with my father. I had read I, Tina in 6th grade and it was one of the many parallels I saw between our lives. Zelma took Aillene, left Anna Mae and headed to St. Louis for a new life. My mom took my sister Sara, left Jarid, and also headed to St. Louis for a new life. I wasn’t wanted by my mother.
Living with dad was terrible. The abuse was awful but nothing compared to the abuse you suffered at the hands of your ex-husband. Eventually my dad lost our home and decided to move in with his girlfriend one city over, but there was no room for me. He left me at my grandmother’s who was just a wonderful blessing to me. Now I wasn’t wanted by my father.
I loved living with my grandma as she truly did care for me. However, “my Ike” was one city over and took it upon himself to make my life a living hell whenever he could. I made plans for suicide but continued to go back and think about you. You saw that wasn’t the way after attempting it yourself, so I had to do the same. The abuse continued as I suffered in silence with only the music of Tina Turner to get me through. I was able to see you on The Wildest Dreams tour, 16th row center and refused to sit for slower songs like Private Dancer. People behind me were yelling for me to sit down but by golly the Queen of Rock N Roll was 16 rows in front of me and I was going to absorb all of her strength! What a fantastic show.
The abuse continued to escalate throughout high school and my grandmother had met a man and was ready to stop raising children. She told me she was moving out of town and I wouldn’t be able to go with her. Now I wasn’t wanted by my grandmother. One night I came home from Show Choir and my grandma met me at the door. She said my dad just left but he had a baseball bat and was ready to take care of me. That was it. I had to go. This was my “grab my Mobile credit card and 36 cents” and head for the hills moment. I got my stuff and ran away never to look back.
This was right as “When The Heartache Is Over” was released. This is my absolute favorite song of yours and my personal anthem. This song literally gave me life and felt like it was written about my life. It was so autobiographical I couldn’t believe my favorite person (you) were singing this brand new song that helped me overcome! I was able to see you 6 times on the Twenty Four Seven Tour and after each show I felt like I could rule the world!
Some of that was a little deep so I’ll get a little lighter - you rock! I’m sure you already know that, but you are just an amazing person with fantastic music and a life that I’ve been able to draw strength from. I’ve been Tina Turner for Halloween. As editor in chief of my school newspaper, there was a Tina Turner related article in every issue my senior year. I’ve been able to perform your songs and was able to meet Rhonda as I was a featured performed for the Tina Turner Heritage Days. Oprah even selected me twice as one of your biggest fans and I was able to see you in Chicago on the show and also when you teamed up with Cher in Las Vegas. I’ve been able to see you 14 times in total and they were all amazing. When people think of Jarid, the first thing they think of is Tina Turner too! Some people aren’t sure where Tina ends and Jarid begins.
You literally saved my life on many occasions. Looking to you as a role model for going through similar situations was all that got me through on many days. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making your journey so public. I truly believe without you, I wouldn’t be on this earth today. I love you and happy birthday!!
My name is Frederika Peperkamp. I am Rubina’s mother. First of all I want to give you my love for your 80th birthday. I wish you many and healty years to come.
As a fan I want to tell you my daughters Tina Turner love story and how I experience it as her mother. When my girl was 7 years old and had to celebrate carnival in primary school, she said, Mama, I want to go as Tina Turner. So I did everything to make her as beautiful as possible. I didn't had to do much about her hair because she has a huge bunch of Tina Turner hair of her own.
When she was 10 or 11 she watched MTV and saw your clip with David Bowie. She said, Mama, I want to be like Tina Turner when I grow up. Her other friends were all fan of Madonna but not my daughter. She loved you so much, ever since she was a little girl.
She could identify with you I think because she is a mixed girl, raised in a white family. Her hair, her full lips, her slightly tinted skin, she could identify herself with you.
One day she came home from playing outside. She arrived with a wet roll of paper in her hands. She said look, it's Tina Turner mama. I found it in a container. There is a big crack in it so people have thrown it away. If you want to dry and stick it for me, I can hang it in my room. So I did it for her. For years this poster hung in her room until it fell apart from old age.
When she went to high school, she increasingly appreciated your music. She played cassette tapes and searched my old soul records to see if she could find records from you. She listend to your older records to just to hear your voice. At one point I bought all the Tina Turner albums I could find for her birthday. From now on she could play real albums instead of cassette tapes. She played your music day and night. When she woke up the first thing I heard was Tina Turner.
She searched the newspapers and magazines at her grandmother's. Every article she could find from you was neatly cut out and carefully stored in scrapbooks. I bought the book I Tina for her which she read in one day. I said, but now you have nothing left to read Ruby. She said no mama, I have to read this book a lot to understand Tina. I cannot say how often she has read it. She looks at you Tina from every single side. From which jewelry you wear to which clothing style. One day she wanted to wear a thumb ring so I gave her one. When she became an adult she bought pearls because Tina Turner wears them to she said. This went on and on. For my child you where a huge role model and who is better as a role model for a young girl than Tina Turner? I never worried about her immitating you.
She was 14 years old and for history she had to make a project. She said I'm going to make a project about Buddhism and she looked up every detail about Buddhism and incorporated it into her project. Her teacher gave her a huge compliment. My best friend read her project, became interested, and became a buddhist because of it.
In 1996 her dream became reality. She heard you were going on a world tour. She asked me if she could go to your concert in Amsterdam. I said that is allowed but you are not going alone. Her older cousin went with her to Amsterdam. The concert was live on television that time. Can you record the concert for me mama, she asked. Ofcourse I will, I said. I can tell you Tina. This girl has not slept from enthusiasm from the moment she had tickets for your concert. She was then 16 years old.
She really loves you very much Tina. That way she continued to visit your concerts. She was bullied at school at the time but as long as she had you she was fine. She could always comfort herself with your music, watching your interviews and concerts. In 2009 she came to me, now a 30-year-old woman. She said, mama, we're going to Tina at the Gelredome stadion. She had bought tickets for all three concerts. Ofcourse, she wanted to be at the front to see you as good as possible, so we were present hours in advance. When the doors opened, she said, Mama, I'm going to run for my life! I'll see you at the front. I'll keep a place next to me for you. She could run extemely fast from a very young age. This worked to her advantage because I saw her passing everyone who was running. She managed to get a place at the very front. She raised her hand so that I could see where she was standing. So we went to enjoy your shows all evenings together. The whole family is a fan of yours Tina, all through my daughter Rubina. After the concert, the lonely silence arrived. The end of your concert was emotional. You had said goodbye to the fans, including my daughter. Tears we’re running down her face as she smiled at the same time. However, she has never said goodbye to you. You will always be her number one, I know for sure.
When your second book came out, she bought and read it the same day. Shocked by everything you've been through these last years, she said, thankfully she has Erwin. Then the musical came. She went to Hamburg. She said mama, this is my chance to see Tina again. I really want to see her again. Just like many fans, she has been waiting for you for hours. She also went to London to see the musical. She said mama when the musical comes to the Netherlands I will take you there. I want to see it together with you. My daughter is now 40 years old. She came home and said. Mama we go to Tina together. I have Presale tickets for the musical in Utrecht and we are sitting front row. I was very happy. She looked at me recently and out of the blue she said. I need to see Tina mama. I need to see her and I want her to see me. I hope her dream comes true someday.
Happy birthday dear Tina!
Thank you for all your love and everything you have done! You are a precious soul! We are extremely proud of you and we love you!
My Love Story begins when I was 14 years old and my family got cable for the first time. There, on something called MTV, was Tina Turner, a woman I vagely remembered from Swedish TV in the past, galloping in slow motion across the screen on that beautiful horse. I was hooked!
The Foreign Affair album quickly became one of my most treasured possessions and still is...
What makes your music so important to me, Tina, is that it has always been my own. I was always the only Tina-fan at school, in my basket ball team, among my friends, which means the music was untampered with, pure, mine. It was healing magic when my heart got broken and it was a leap of joy for the happy times. When I was 22 and moved out, my mother said she would miss that old lady, referring to the stereo in my room always with your tunes audiable throughout the house.
As Luke Skywalker said: ”If there is a bright spot in the center of the universe, I am from the planet furthest from”. This is what it was like to be a fan in Sweden before the internet. Not much going on, unfortunately. One of my dad’s much older colleagues at that time also happened to be a fan and my dad borrowed a magazine in German (I don’t speak German), full of pictures and interviews, and a concert on VHS. This was huge!
Now with internet and this lovely fanclub there is so much material I have never seen before.
My first live concert happened to be the Wildest Dreams tour in Paris. I already had tickets to the concert in Copenhagen later that summer and I still remember the feeling months before, leaving the box office with my 2 tickets in my hand.
Back then I was a nursing student, still living at home. The reason I ended up in Paris was pure luck! Radio NRJ was giving away a full concert package to 10 of their listeners. All you had to do was to compete against one other listener on the air. They played 3 Tina songs and you had to be first to name them. Easy enough, but I was so nervous I could barely remember my own name when the intros started... But shortly after this, there I was in Paris, one of the happiest days of my life, watching you and Bruce Willis on stage! The next evening me and one of the other lucky winners were back for the second concert. Nursing student as I was I just had enough money left after that for the cab back to the airport. I was so happy!!
You and your music has been in my daily life since 1989.
My favourite songs has always been ” I don’t wanna lose you” and ”Look me in the heart” but there are so many songs I can’t go without for long. I am so happy ”Don’t turn around” was included in the musical. For 10 years it has been one of the wake up tunes on my phone’s alarm clock.
I have been a nurse for 22 years now, working in the surgical departmen. I can’t even enter our staff changing room without having to think of you first!
I got to see your last 3 world tours and a total of 7 concerts before you retired. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to experience you perform live!
I am 44 years old now and half way to retirement. This is the same age you were working on the Private Dancer album. This reminds me that it is never too late to make changes in life and to find love and happiness. You are amazing!!
Love you forever,
The first time I heard you sing was when I caught the ending of the movie What’s Love Got To Do With It on television one night. I was so captivated by your voice and larger than life smile that as soon as the film ended I looked it up to see when it would be broadcast again because I had to find out who you were. After that night I became hooked.
I’ve only been a fan for a few years but in that short amount of time you have had such an impact on my life. Your music brings so much joy to my soul and your story and drive give me strength to keep going. I may not have been lucky enough to see you live, but I have every one of your concerts on DVD and watching them is always a party. I have no doubt that you and your music will continue to touch and inspire generation after generation.
Tina, thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you continue to do. Thank you for being that positive light in my life, for everything that you stand for and most of all thank you for being you. You are such an incredibly beautiful person inside and out and I hope that your birthday is filled with more love and happiness than your heart can hold.
Happy 80th Birthday!!!
I wish to express my deepest appreciation to you for touching my life in ways that I never imagined possible. As a young girl with big dreams growing up in Harlem, I remember watching you on" The Ed Sullivan Show" and "Soul Train". To quote a lyric from your song "Simply the Best", in my eyes, you were the embodiment of "wild and wired". Your eclectic dance moves and steel cutting vocals were powerful enough to explode right through the television set! How exciting!
In April 1983, I began practicing Nichiren Buddhism. This was a major step for me and my leaders in faith would always encourage me by telling me how you were able to surmount great obstacles in your life through chanting "Nam myoho renge kyo". I remember that summer,during our campaign to introduce new people to this Buddhism, we would hand out pamphlets on the street to total strangers. Your photo, which was taken at a Soka Gakkai Convention in 1976 appeared on those pamphlets! Unbelievable. Through demonstrating with your life, the spirit of never giving up , and turning poison into medicine, you inspired me to continue my practice of Nichiren Buddhism, and I thank you very much!
It is a long journey from Nutbush,Tennessee to Küsnacht,Switzerland, and you have made a strong impact on the lives of countless human beings along the way, including myself.
My personal wish for you, Tina, is that you continue to heal your life, manifesting the benefit of optimal good health in this lifetime. I love you Tina!!!! Have a Happy 80th Birthday!!!!
Nam myoho renge kyo,
I want to first say that I hope you have an AMAZING 80th Birthday. I hope your day is everything you want and much more.
I also want to say thank you! Thank you for all that you have given to me and to the world. You have given so much and not just through music.
I also want to say a VERY special thank you for making October 28th, 2000 the best day of my life. To this day it is STILL the best day of life. It was the day you graciously invited me on stage to perform Proud Mary with you. I still get chills thinking about it or when I watch the video. You have no idea how much you changed my life that night. I'll also never forget your beautiful smile as you looked at me with your arms open and the huge hug you gave me. I am truly honored to be the lucky one who you allowed to share your stage with. Thank you so much again from the bottom of my heart.
Your #1 Fan,
Happy 80th Birthday! May you have many more wonderful years to come! I have so much to say, but I will keep this brief. I became a fan of yours in 1984 when I was 9 years old. My family was driving through Denver when we became stuck in a traffic jam. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” was in heavy rotation on the radio and I was hooked right then and there. As you gained popularity, and I was able to see your videos, your image, and learned of your truly remarkable comeback, my love and devotion for you as a fan continued to grow.
In 1986, I purchased a Beta VCR, (which I still have!) and the Tina Live in Birmingham concert video which I watched repeatedly. Later that year, I also purchased and read I, Tina. Although I was very young at the time, your life story had a very profound effect on my life. You have such a dynamic, iconic, positive, and energetic presence. You were the ultimate role model for me growing up. Since then, I have felt that you are my kindred spirit.
As fans, we were very blessed to see the many live performances that you recorded for your various tours. For nearly ten years, I longed to see you perform live, but my parents were very strict and would not let me go. In 1993, which was my first year in college, I jumped at my first chance. I flew to L.A. and saw you on September 22nd at the Greek Theater. I was way up in the back, but it was still an amazing, magical experience for me!
In 1995, I got married and started a family. Unfortunately, my husband turned out to be very insecure, became abusive, and took advantage of my loyalty and kindness. For many years, I was disappointed in myself for allowing that to happen, but I suppose everything happens for a reason. In 2007, I finally left the relationship with my four children. I often thought of you and what you were able to overcome. Starting from ground zero, cleaning homes and doing whatever it took en route to resurrecting an incredible career while raising four children of your own was very inspirational to me.
In 2008, I was ecstatic to be able to see you perform again on your farewell tour in L.A, Anaheim, and Dallas. I was able to take my kids to see a couple of the shows, and this time we were very close to the stage. During two of the performances, we made eye contact as you walked out on the mechanical arm that extended beyond the stage. Those were moments I will cherish forever and never forget. In all, I have had the privilege of seeing you perform live seven times.
It is my dream to one day meet you and tell you this in person but until then:
Tina, thank you for enriching my life in so many ways. Your strength, classiness, energy, positivity, and spirit have helped to shape me into the person that I am. Thank you for all the joy, happiness, and energy you have infused into my life! You will always be so much more that the Queen of Rock & Roll and “Simply the Best!!!”
Love from your lifelong devoted fan,
Late 1983 was the year when it all started for me. When I heard your song 'Let's Stay Together'. I loved the song, your voice and your look. It was very different. Sexy & hot. Daring! Then came the Private Dancer album in 1984. I listened to it all the time. It was on repeat day and night. I think I was driving a few people crazy at the time as I still do now I think. That year and indeed the rest of the decade you were on TV, in magazines and newspapers all the time. I just couldn't get enough!
The next big occasion for me was your autobiography "I, Tina" in 1986. At first I didn't want to believe all the things that you were going through. Unbelievable. Extraordinary. A tough read! Looking back now I think the book actually also introduced me to what I perceived as a completely different culture and way of life for black people in particular black women at least prior to the 1980s. Unimaginable. Coming from a small German village with only 700 white inhabitants you can only imagine. It was my Nutbush except we didn't have a 'gin house' there.
Then in 1987 it was time to see you, Tina, for the first time live in concert in Mannheim, Germany. Unfortunately, I had a very bad cold and even temperature but there was no way that was going to hold me back. I was determined to see you in concert and so I did! What an experience it was. It was just you and your brilliant band. No dancers, no fancy lights, not even video screens I think. When you came out on that stage you immediately filled the arena with your amazing stage presence and that even before you started singing. It was electrifying and 'the people' were on fire! They say the first time you'll never forget. Well I won't it was magic. You broke the rules. Of course countless concert visits followed over the years.
One of the highlights as your fan was when Roger unexpectedly introduced me to you before a TV show. I was totally starstruck and couldn't say very much. I'm still so very sorry Tina! You were standing right in front of me looking bigger than life and we were shaking hands. That was in 1996. By the way I've never washed my hands since! The Caudwell Charity concert at London's Natural History Museum was another very special memorable event. Just a very large hall with invited guests and you performing for an hour. I stood only about 5 meters away from the stage to the left. You rocked the house! I also remember now you donated one of your stage dresses for auctioning. I was so ready to bid for it but the limit was 5,000 Pounds for me as I simply didn't have more money. So there I was ready for it all when it was announced that the starting bid was actually 5,000 Pounds and sadly that was it for me. I was so disappointed. I think someone got it for around 30,000 Pounds. Actually remembering all this now makes me giggle.
Tina I think you don't quite realise how you often help people in life with your music, presence and life story! So I want to tell you please how you have helped me in a very decisive moment:
My father left when I was a baby. My mother dumped me at my grandmother's when I was 2 years and 5 months old. My grandmother was a very bitter & angry woman. Our relationship was always complicated. Mental torture was her speciality. Hate and fear! Lack of love and support! The first time I tried to run away was when I was about 9 years old. Barefoot in the cold! Things got even worse during my teenager years as I started to rebel and fight back. On top of it I struggled with my sexuality (back then it wasn't easy to be gay in a small village with 700 'straight' inhabitants). Of course there were other issues too. Then one day I had another huge fight with my grandmother. That day I couldn't take it anymore! I took the biggest kitchen knife there was and drove in a nearby forest with the intention to slit my wrists. Commit suicide simply to end the misery. I remember I sat there in my car in the forest crying for a while when out of nowhere I thought "Tina had such a tough life much tougher than I have ever had. She survived it, she never gave up. If she could go on so can you don't be a fool". You really saved my life in this very moment Tina! I drove back home and put that kitchen knife back in the drawer. That day was a turning point in my life. I then slowly moved on, moved out and moved away from it all. That was actually not too long after I had read your autobiography "I, Tina" in 1986. I never told anyway until now.
All these years later thinking about it again I'm being reminded that you can't undo the past and you can't ever quite forget but you can at least forgive because if you forgive you can smile, live and love again. I have forgiven my relatives. I know now they didn't mean to hurt me. They just couldn't do any better because of their own troubled past and complex lives. Truly your music, presence & your very own life story helped me through some desperate moments. Even now you are always by my side somehow. Tina, I thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart!
Happy 80th Birthday Tina! Wishing you a wonderful day and celebrations, and above all many more healthy and happy years with your rock Erwin. I love you, I adore you and I send you a big kiss.
PS: Don't hesitate to invite me over for some coffee and Swiss cake on Lake Zurich. And afterwards we can do The Pony together.
As internet entered my life I was also able to connect with other fans and because of that I have made friends all over the world. Us fans call ourself the Tina family and I can honestly say that I feel like I’ve found my second family among them. We come, not only from different countries, but from all walks of life. Young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, trans, black, brown, white, conservative or socialist, college students or retired senior - none of that matters when we get together. This love, admiration and respect we share for our Queen creates an atmosphere when we meet, where we can all relax and be ourselves and just have a really, really good time together, singing our favourite songs and trying to copy Tina Turner’s signature moves.
Tina, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, first and foremost for being such an amazing role model and inspiration. You’ve had a huge impact in forming my personality. When I grew up I always strived to be as confident, kind, strong and wise as I percieved you to be. And I think that this has made me a better person.
I also want to thank you for bringing people together. Because of that I have found some of the most amazing people to call my friends.
A great, big happy birthday to you!