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.

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108 entries.
Dotty Wells Graff from Vine Grove, Kentucky wrote on September 20, 2019 at 12:39 am:
My love for Tina was instantaneous!!!! I began in the late 70’s listening to her. I wasn’t even a teenager at the time. My brother who is 13 months younger than I also began listening to her. As we both grew quickly to love her music we began research about her. My brother learned that he shared her birthday 30 years apart and as we grew he would tell everyone that she was his Tina and was her biggest fan. We came from a family with not a lot of money and were raised to work for everything that we had. When Tina began her comeback tour solo we both worked and begged our mom to take us to her concerts. We of course had to pay our moms way or else we didn’t get to go. Everything that we bought of her souvenirs, we had to by for mom as well. Needless to say as teens we didn’t care about what anything cost. If it was about Tina, we had to have it along with our mom!!! As the 40+ years have passed, we have been to every tour Tina has had multiple times; my brother and I & we have ensured our mom went as well except for the last time she was in Atlanta in 2008. To say that my brother and I are close is an understatement, but the competition between us over Tina is outrageous!!! We lost our mom 5 years ago and as we approach Tina’s Musical in NYC opening night, it is safe to say that there is no amount of money either of us wouldn’t pay for the opportunity to have our mom be there with us on opening night to enjoy as a family another monumental event in honor of Tina Turner!!!! We have a love for Tina that has inspired our entire lives. We have an admiration for what she represents and stands for. We both have a love so genuine and pure for all that Tina represents. I truly believe that my brother- Buddy Wells and I are her truest and biggest fans!!!! I can’t believe how she has helped to shape both of our lives and the joy and peace she brings to us!!! We are TINA for LIFE!!!! I only wished that Tina Turner truly knows what she means to myself and my brother!!! I would love the mere opportunity to actually meet this living legend!!!!

Tina,
If our paths never cross, I want you to know that you are genuinely loved and admired by two siblings born in Detroit, Michigan and moved as kids to a little hick town in Tennessee not far from Nutbush!!!! My brother and I always have and always will love, respect and admire you!!!!!

Happiest birthday to one of the greatest inspirations I have had the honor to follow!!!!

Much and always love,
Dotty Graff. & Buddy Wells
Velena Halbrooks from Kennesaw wrote on September 19, 2019 at 10:05 pm:
I owe the fact that I have a son and kept a marriage to Tina. My husband and I had separated in June of 1985. We had purchased tickets to see Tina Turner on November 27, in Atlanta, and had decided to put aside our differences and keep our plans to go to the concert, as neither one of us wanted to miss it. Long story short, we went to the concert, and came to the conclusion to, Let's Stay Together and 9 months to the date August 27, 1986, we had our 1st of 2 sons. Heath Ryan. Thank you Tina for the blessing. God Bless you always.
Chris Hatcher from Oakley, CA wrote on September 19, 2019 at 9:55 pm:
Best overall performer ever. I grew up on her music and energy. She has overcome and succeeded in less optimal times. Her head held high and has become one of the best performers to look up to with great respect. Love her energy.
Joanne Smith from Trimpley, worcestershire, uk wrote on September 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm:
Where to start? My love story with TT began over 20 years ago watching the film, learning her story. Your music became my soundtrack. My college buddies and I have all turned 40 this year and 'Proud Mary' singing and dancing featured heavily! Went to see the stage show last year and cried all the way through, tears of joy and pain. Your strength continues to inspire me and I refuse to believe you turn 80 this year. You are and always will be Simply the Best! Love you Tina xx
Colin Staples from London wrote on September 19, 2019 at 7:19 pm:
Tina is an inspirational woman, I met her in the 1980’s at HMV in London. It is a memory that will stay with me forever. Happy Birthday Tina
Michael Dera from Gorzkowice, Poland wrote on September 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm:
Dear Ms. Tina Turner

I was 13 years old when my mom showed me you performing “Simply the best” in Barcelona on YouTube. At the end of this performance I just known that you will stay in my life for sure but I didn’t know that you will change it so much.

Your ultimate power, unbelievable history and amazing emotions during the concerts had spoken to me like nothing before. That is why I decided to use energy you gave me to start working on myself and my future. As far I’m very happy about the changes in my life and I want to tell you that you have really taken me higher. I am so thankful to you because of that.

I wish you all the best<3

Michael, 16 y.o from Poland
Betsy Koepsel from BIRMINGHAM wrote on September 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm:
“Proud Mary” is my jam. For our youngest daughter’s wedding I dressed up as Tina and got on stage and lip synced with the band. So fun and everyone was surprised. I didn’t tell I was doing it.
Carlos Kucera from São Paulo, Brazil wrote on September 19, 2019 at 2:58 pm:
You first came in my life when I was a teenager in 1984. God!!! That voice... I wanted to know everything about that woman so energetic, with that powerful voice. As long I was reading and learning about you, more my admiration and respect for you were growing. When you came to perform in Brazil I was there, in São Paulo. One of my first concerts and I’ll never forget. The song I’ll be thunder is the first of a playlist from a relationship I started with my partner in 1987 and is still on today. You have been part of my life everyday for more than three decades, in many occasions, happy, sad, romantic. In your voice I always found some sort of comfort, strength and energy. I want to thank you for all these years of dedication, work and love that you have given us.
I wish you everyday, since I’ve known you, love, spiritual enlightenment, happiness and all good things. I will continue to wish you these things as long as I am allowed. Happy Birthday!!!
Love you, always!
Carlos Kucera
Martin Jones from Southfield wrote on September 19, 2019 at 11:23 am:
My grandmother introduced me to Tina Turner music when was three I remember using the bathroom and seeing the picture of Tina and I was grandmother who is this lady she look good , it was Tina Turner she let me watch her performance and I was so stunned I remember watching her videos and stories when I got older her music was like my life story I just found out that had squamous cell cancer and reading her books makes me stronger she will be 80 and I will be 30 on dec 5th so we sagittarius she inspired me a whole lot so I thank her for that . Tina is the reason why I'm the strongest person I am today and I thank god I'm alive and still being better. Tina I love you and I hope I can meet you or email you I dont have much but I would love to meet you because you are so awesome.
Jacqueline Adams from Orlando fla wrote on September 19, 2019 at 2:47 am:
Me and my granddaughter watched the movie what's love got to do with it.she know all the songs in the movie.and at the time she was 5 years old.we would watch it every weekend.i talked to her the other day and asked her if she remembered that she said yes and I still watch the movie and she is in her 20ties now .we love you tina
Pasquale Russo from Larino Italy wrote on September 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm:
Tina with her songs ..talent and fighting personality has helped pull through some of the darkest days of my life.
She was and still is my No.1 ...loved her then and love her now. Happy Birthday Tina..... I wish you all the best ...you.re simply a beautiful human being.... Love you Always...
Wallace from New York City wrote on September 18, 2019 at 11:18 am:
Tina..Tina. A woman I call Tina Mae. A woman to in my opinion has never lost her blackness. A woman who’ve I came to love and enjoy as my nana brought me my first two Tina albums from Walmart almost 19 years ago. Yes, Tina was almost retired (as she says) but I was fascinated by this woman’s vocals. I then caught the cbs special and then became hooked. How can a black woman do soul and rock and be so big? How can this rock n roll queen exist and basically own the stage at her age. I began researching her heavy and realized that this woman’s strength was evident in her performance and even matched in her story. She became my motivator for everything. When I was younger I listened to her and watched her and Oprah just to get through the years. I was a homebody who needed spiritual uplifting and Tina was that spiritual push. Didn’t realize to now that her son and my late daughter have the same bday and they are both gone. I even named my late daughter Amera after Tina with her middle name.

Tina just is the perfect representation of to keep going and to remain consistent. I used that for myself and I do agree with her and Oprah that she is the queen of endurance.
Stéphane from Castelnau Le Lez France wrote on September 18, 2019 at 10:01 am:
Hi Tina,
Happy Birthday !!!
My first memory is the opening show of Eurodisney in Paris, when you sang The Best. I don’t know what happened that day, but for me it was just Whouawwww! I watched that video so many times!!! The ears of my parents still remember that!!! I was 14 years old.
After that I discovered the song you did before, and was very happy and proud with your Wildest Dreams album because it meant there would be a tour!! I saw you 3 times live.
That’s the music fan story. But inside of that, you meant so much more for me. First you symbolize strength and perseverance, even when it was hard you still went on. So when it was hard for me I had that idea somewhere in my head that said “take a breath and make a step”.
The story you lived is quiet similar as mine, I was not hurt physically (only once, that was the first and last !) but I had a psychological and emotional abused relationship. And it was hard to leave!
I had the sensation that I followed the way of another one (you) and I wondered if I was living my own life or if I was entangled in the one of someone else.
After leaving I had very very bad time and I discovered Hinduism (with Swami Prajnanpad) and Deepak Chopra. I now know that I read The Book of secrets at the same time you did it during your hospital days… The sentence that saved me was “suffering is a choice”, that was the beginning of my new birth, my new me, my new way of life.
Later I found an audio interview of you by Deepak Chopra and then I understood that this was the meaning of all this (music fan, synchronicities, similar type of way) it was the meeting with spirituality. That’s where you guided me. That's my love story.
Thank you for all your work that made me dream and move. Thank you for opening the hearts, that’s the best gift for humanity. Take care, hope you feel good now. And thank you Erwin for allowing our Tina to still be here with us.
Happy Birthday
Stéphane from France
John Baldacchino from Sydney Australia wrote on September 18, 2019 at 9:44 am:
BOOM.BOOM…..BOOM.BOOM…….BOOM.BOOM….. The year was 1993. I was 10 years old and I was walking past the living room in my family home in Sydney, Australia.

BOOM.BOOM….BOOM.BOOM….BOOM.BOOM…. “What is that?” I thought to myself. I could hear music in the living room. It gave me chills. It sounded like something I never heard before. I quickly ran to the television and saw a commercial promoting Australian football. That BOOM.BOOM…sound I realised, was the opening to a song called Simply The Best and I was about to fall in love.

The voice that accompanied that song resonated with me. The voice was so powerful, deep and raspy, it gave me goosebumps. “Who is this woman?” I thought to myself. I soon discovered the name Tina Turner and this is where my love affair with Tina began.

From that moment on, I was a fan. Not just a fan, but I was basically obsessed. As I got older, I began collecting her albums and listening to as much of her music as I could. I discovered her life story and read her book. Not only is this woman a star performer and entertainer, she has a story and this gives her music so much more meaning.

As I struggled slowly through the tough days of school, being the centre of a lot of schoolyard bullying, all at the same time struggling with my own sexuality, Tina’s music gave me comfort and hope. As I walked the very long walk home from school every afternoon, with anxiety and sadness, Tina’s music would calm me and give me strength.

In 1996, Tina embarked on her Wildest Dreams world tour. At 13 years of age, I begged and pleaded with my mother to take me to the concert, but I was unsuccessful. I was not allowed to go. I still remember the night that Tina was performing in Sydney and I was at home, unable to see her. I was so close in distance, the closest I would ever be to her, and I couldn't see her. I was devastated.

Tina remained a huge part of my life as I continued to grow. She was there when I got through the hard years of school. She was there when I was in college and she was there when I began my career in the workforce. Her music, her lyrics, her voice and her energy was with me all the way giving me strength, hope and resilience.

In 2008, my dream came true. I flew from Sydney Australia to New York City to see Tina in her 50th Anniversary Tour. In 1993 she was in my home city and I couldn’t see her, in 2008, no amount of ocean or 24 hour flight would stop me. Seeing her with my own eyes and hearing her live is a feeling that I cannot truly describe. Let me just say this, it was one of the best experiences of my life and a night that I will never forget. I stood there, looking up at her as she leaned over the claw looking down at us and I emotionally thanked God for making a dream come true. I realised how lucky I was to be given the opportunity to see Tina.

As a 36 year old man, I still feel the same way about Tina and her music as I did as the little 10 year old boy that first discovered her through that opening piece of Simply The Best. I still get chills when I hear her music and her voice and energy still gives me that warm buzz feeling. That feeling that lifts me up and makes me happy.

My personal wish for Tina are for many, many years of great health, happiness and contentment in her retirement.

Happy Birthday Tina. I hope you enjoy your retirement as you deserve every minute of it. Thank you for enriching my life with your wonderful music.

Lots of Love.

John.
Kathy Marking from Maryland Heights, Mo! wrote on September 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm:
I met Tina Turner in 1965 ,and I was thrilled! We met at a teen town and Tina called me "KK".
I watched her in many concerts and I,still love her today!
Trina Hedges-Pretty from Halstead Essex England wrote on September 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm:
Firstly always haved loved all Tina's songs, (it's my era and is still certainly the best era for music even now)but my story to Tina for her 80th birthday is my mum got cancer and sadly passed away from it but whilst in hospital the radio man came around asking for requests she asked for Tina simply the best (very fitting for the best mum in the world). I also went and watched Tina The musical adrienne Warren played Tina superbly, Tina's story is an inspiration for so many, Tina should be so proud of herself firstly for making it through all she has, secondly for being an amazing talented singer (what a legend you have become very well deserved)and for also being an inspiration for so many to try and prove they can follow their dreams too, never give up, but, Must importantly I would like to wish Tina an amazing 80th birthday you look amazing and may you celebrate many more, wishing you all the happiness in the world you deserve it xx
Emma Roberts from Vantaa, Finland wrote on September 17, 2019 at 11:21 am:
You know what irritates me so much? When I was a child my mother didn´t take me to your concert in Helsinki bcs we didn´t have the money. I loved listening to your music on the radio at our summer cottage where we spent all our summers, now I love listening to your music from Spotify and dancing my ass off while having walks with my dogs.
I admire your attitude, energy and the teachings you have given. Beyond: Spiritual message by you, gives me hope and puts me back on track when I feel lost.
Your book love story opened my eyes in every possible ways. It gives me a lot of comfort that you too came to this life without love because just look how amazing you are! your soul is pure gold.
I feel so sad that I will never be able to give you a hug a say thank you for saving my life. Happy Birthday You Beautiful human being <3 xxx
Nicole Schulz from Laatzen bei Hannover wrote on September 17, 2019 at 10:13 am:
Ich bin in der ehemaligen DDR aufgewachsen bin seid 1991 hier im Westen Deutschlands. 1992 habe ich Tina im Fernseher gesehen und habe mich sofort verliebt in Ihre Musik, auch die Ausstrahlung ist so toll. Tina hilft mir auch durch mein Leben zugehen, bin seid ein paar Jahren schon krank. Tina ist mein Leben.
Quinn Valentijn from Rucphen, Netherlands wrote on September 17, 2019 at 8:22 am:
I am 20 years old and only discovered most of Tina's Music and her live performances on youtube about 5 years ago, but she has changed my life. When I watch her live performances she gives me energy. It doesn't matter whether Tina is in her twenties, forties or sixties. She always gives her best performance for the audience and that touches me. I have been inspired by you so many times. For my age, people say I like old music. I also love the Stones, the Beatles, Elvis, Queen or Aretha Franklin, but no one is like Tina. Of course I would have loved to see her live once, since I was only 10 years old during her last tour. She is one of a kind and I wish her all the happiness and peacefulness in the world because she really deserves it.
Luis oblanche from Amsterdam wrote on September 17, 2019 at 5:48 am:
When I first saw Tina was on tv commercial in Brazil for her Macanã stadium performance in Rio. I immediately fell in love with her energy and style. I have once performed dressed as Tina for a charity event. When i watched the movie what's love got to do with it i realized i had more in common with herthan I thought because i had turned into Buddhism and chant the same mantra Nam-myoho-rengue-kyo. I went to her last performance in The Netherlands, it was unforgettable. Thank you Tina for being such a positive inspiration. You are simply the best.