The music world mourns the loss of a true legend, Tina Turner, whose extraordinary talent and spirit blazed a trail for generations of artists. Turner, known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” passed away peacefully at the age of 83 at her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, after a long illness, which she and her circle tried to keep under wraps. Her representative’s statement described her as a music legend and a role model, and rightly so.
Turner’s impact on the music industry is immeasurable. With her fiery, gritty voice and electrifying stage presence, she became an icon of rock and soul music. Her powerful vocals and captivating performances defined classics such as “River Deep — Mountain High,” “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Better Be Good to Me,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),” and “The Best.” These songs not only topped charts but also inspired countless artists to follow in her footsteps.
So many musical legends have come out and spoken about Turner and the impact that she has made. One legend that seems to always be around is none other than Mick Jagger. Jagger would go to Instagram and speak on the iconic Tina Turner.
Mick Jagger stated: “I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.”
Tina Turner’s influence extends far beyond her music. She embodied strength, courage, and authenticity, breaking free from a tumultuous personal life to reclaim her own identity and soar to unimaginable heights. Her impact on popular culture is undeniable, as she paved the way for future divas like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan, and Annie Lennox.
As we bid farewell to Tina Turner, let us remember her as a true icon, a trailblazer, and a source of inspiration. Her music will continue to resonate with not just us as fans, but the artists who have spawned ideas from her legacy of tunes.