Young Anna Mae Bullock made her mark in St. Louis, where, as a 16-year-old student at Sumner High, she joined local R&B revue Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm (who’d already scored a hit three years earlier as Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats with “Rocket 88”).
After simply grabbing the mike on stage one night, the renamed Tina soon became the center of the show.
Tina has won 12 Grammy Awards; those awards include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rolling Stone ranked Tina 63rd on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time and 17th on its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. She has her own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Ike Turner in 1991 and is a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
These amazing photos captured a young Tina Turner performing on stages in the late 1960s and early 1970s.