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In memory of Tina Marie
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“Music is meant to inspire/To elevate and to take you higher” “Luv Letter”

Before her untimely death at the age of 54 on the day after Christmas 2010, Teena Marie, known as “Lady Tee,” the Ivory Queen of Soul, wrote, produced, arranged and sang on 13 albums that have sold 2.5 million copies in the soundscan era. Starting with her 1979, Rick James-produced debut, Wild and Peaceful, Teena Marie’s many soul and R&B hits include “Square Biz,” “Behind the Groove,” “I Need Your Lovin’,” “Fire and Desire,” “Lovergirl” and “Ooo La La La,” a song famously sampled by the Fugees.

Teena Marie was working on her 14th and latest album for Universal Music Enterprises, Beautiful, at the time of her passing, the follow-up to 2009’s Congo Square, which peaked at #4 on the R&B chart and went to #20 on the album chart, producing the Top 12 Urban AC hit, “Can’t Last A Day.” Recorded at her Pasadena home studio and finished except for final mixes, Beautiful was seen through to its conclusion by Teena’s 20-year-old daughter Alia Rose, who sings with her Mom on two tracks, a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Love” and “Rare Breed,” which she co-wrote (Alia co-wrote two more songs on the album, “Sweet Tooth” and the title song). The first single, “Luv Letter,” which has just gone to radio, is just that, an homage to Tee’s Motown roots, with nods to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” and a dedication to Alia’s father, who just happened to be a postman, like in the Marvelettes’ song of the same name.

The project, with its intimations of death, was a difficult one for Alia, with her mom seemingly prescient about her destiny on songs like “Rare Breed,” where she sings, “I could say I have the world here in my hands and I believe/The angels slept beside me to protect my very dreams.” She even plays a radio DJ “broadcasting to you from a heavenly station” in “The Long Play.”

“It was a very dark and emotional time for me,” explains Alia, who has just opened a Hollywood recording facility, Chateau Marie, as a memoriam, with partner, Odd Future’s “Syd tha Kyd” Bennett, using much of the equipment from her mom’s home studio. “The project was a bittersweet thing. I knew that only I could get it done, but I almost didn’t want to finish because I knew it would be the last time I’d get to work on it.”

The album was co-produced by Teena’s longtime musical director, bassist/composer Doug Grigsby, whose credits include Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, Rick James and Luther Vandross, among others. It was recorded and mixed by Erik Zobler, whose studio credits include Jackson’s Off the Wall as well as recording projects with Miles Davis, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and Gladys Knight, among many others. But the real impetus came from Teena’s only daughter, who made sure this final product would do justice to her mom’s legacy.

“If you listen to the lyrics, it’s almost as if she was making that transition to the spiritual world as the record was being made, which is incredible,” says Alia. “It’s like we’re going on this journey with her.”

Songs like “Rare Breed,” which also features the late Rick James’ daughter Ty lending vocal support, “The Long Play” and the closing, Middle-Eastern flavored “The Perfect Feeling,” a track which was originally slated to go on Tee’s 2004 comeback album, La Dona, lend to the eerie sensation that the late performer is speaking to us from the other side, almost as if she knew her time was up.

“That made the album very hard for me to listen to,” agrees Alia, who acknowledges her mom dedicated the record, as well as its title song, to her. “I’ve been on a journey myself. And when we began mixing it, my life and perception of things started to change. Hearing the complete work, it’s an amazing, incredible piece. I honestly don’t know how it got done. She just left it there for me to do.”

Indeed, Beautiful‘s title track is a lush ballad composed by Teena Marie when she was vacationing on the Turks and Caicos Islands with Alia, who recalls is gestation, “just walking on the beach, having fun in the sand… thinking about how much of herself was in me.”

The sexy, sassy “Sweet Tooth,” which Alia co-wrote and sings on, was a tribute to “old-school West Coast hip-hop…She was thinking of Snoop when she did that.” “Love Starved,” “Definition of Down,” “The Long Play” (featuring Tee’s longtime back-up singer De De O’Neal) and “Cart Blanc” (co-written with close friend Daphne Wayne) are love songs dedicated to finding a true romance and then sticking with them through thick and thin.

“I think my mom had many experiences in romance,” says Alia. “She was a bit of a hopeless romantic, so much so that I don’t think she was ever completely satisfied. I think that’s why she wrote such amazing love songs. That was her expertise.”

The finale, “The Perfect Feeling,” about the commingling of two souls in eternity, is rooted in the Beatles’ trip to India and George Harrison’s sitar-flavored songs like “Within You, Without You” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

“My mother was a Beatles fanatic,” says Alia. “She was crazy about them. That’s why I love the song. It has that vibe. I jut listen to it and cry. It’s that beautiful.”

Now that Beautiful is about to be released, Alia is looking forward to thinking about her own future in music with her new recording studio.

“I get to help other people, and if something comes along for me, of course, I will take that opportunity,” she says. “My mom always intended for her studio to be used by my friends, and now that’s going to be what happens.”

At the end of the day, though, Alia Rose is a young woman that lost her mother, who just happened to be a “rock star,” as she describes her, at a too-young age.

“My mom and I were very close,” she says. “We talked. I’m very much like my mother. She was not just my mom, she was my best friend and my sister. We fought like sisters, too. I know what real love is from my mom.”

As for preserving her mom’s legacy on Beautiful, Alia says, “I want people to view it as the beautiful piece of art is it. I want the fans to enjoy it because my mother loved her fans more than anything. I’m going to let them decipher what it’s all about, because it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s pretty amazing. It actually does sound like a final project.”

Beautiful is a mother’s gift to her daughter, who returns the gesture the only way she knows how, by completing it. The end result is a true labor of love.

Source: Official Website

Tina Turner; Barry White; Sly Stone; O'jays; Marvin Gaye; James Brown, etc. Tags: video month live entertainment sly stone barry white tina turner ojays marvin gaye james

Video of the Week-Tina Turner Proud Mary Live 2009 Tags: proud mary tina turner live performance word life production video week feature

Tina Turner first covered "Proud Mary" in 1970 with her husband at the time, Ike Turner. The Ike & Tina Turner version was released as a single from their Workin' Together album and the song differed greatly from the structure of the original, but is also well known and has become one of Tina's most recognizable signature songs. The Turners' version was substantially rearranged by Soko Richardsonand Ike Turner. The song started off with a slow, sultry tone in which Tina introduced the song and warned them that they were gonna start it off "nice and easy" as "we never do nothing nice and easy" but said they would finish it "nice and rough". After the lyrics are first sung softly by the Turners, the song is then turned into a funk rock vamp with Turner and assorted background singers delivering soulful vocals. It reached #4 on the pop charts on March 27, 1971, two years to the week after Creedence Clearwater Revival's version was at its peak, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group in 1972.



The lioness of rock and roll, “Tina Turner” is definitely the hardest working woman in show business!! Tags: tina turner rock roll lioness word life production hall fame feature blog

Tina Turner is one of the great soul singers of all time, a powerful performer overflowing with heart-on-her-sleeve passion and sex appeal. She also has a great comeback story. Turner became famous in the Sixties by partnering onstage and off with Ike Turner, to whom she was married for nearly 20 years. After a tumultuous relationship, which Tina Turner has described as being marked by physical and emotional abuse (claims her ex-husband disputes), Tina left Ike in 1976, then became bigger than ever.

Anna Mae Bullock grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee, the daughter of a black overseer and church deacon father and a part-Native American mother. When she was three, her parents moved away to find better work; grandparents essentially raised Turner and her older sister. Eventually her parents divorced and her mother settled in St. Louis, where Turner moved during high school. It was there that she met Ike Turner at the Club Manhattan. (Her early years with Ike are recounted in that entry.)

Turner had made two solo albums while with Ike. Acid Queen (Number 155, 1975) was named after her memorable role in Ken Russell's film Tommy. After leaving Ike in 1976 (they divorced in 1978), Turner got a few bookings but at one point was forced to live on food stamps. A Buddhist since the early Seventies, Turner persevered. She recorded two unsuccessful late-Seventies albums that were heavy on covers of all genres (from "The @!$%# Is Back" to the syrupy "Sometimes When We Touch"). Prior to that, she had placed a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" on the R&B chart, at Number 61, in 1975. Turner's comeback began in earnest in 1981, when the Rolling Stones offered her a few opening spots on their U.S. tour. Around that time she also opened some shows for Rod Stewart and toured the world.

In 1983 she landed a solo deal and by year's end had a U.K. hit with her steamy cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" (Number Six U.K.). Her U.S. breakthrough came with Private Dancer (Number 3, 1984), an 11-million-selling international smash that included "Let's Stay Together" (Number 26 pop, Number Three R&B, 1984), "What's Love Got to Do With It" (Number One pop, Number Two R&B, 1984), "Better Be Good to Me" (Number Five pop, Number Six R&B, 1984), and "Private Dancer" (Number Seven pop, Number Three R&B, 1985).

Her next two nonalbum songs were from the Mel Gibson film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), in which Turner costarred as Auntie Entity: "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (Number Two pop, Number Three R&B, 1985) and "One of the Living" (Number 15 pop, Number 41 R&B, 1985).

Turner swept the Grammys in 1984, with "What's Love Got to Do With It" winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and "Better Be Good to Me" taking Best Rock Vocal Performance. "What's Love" was also recognized as Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The following year "One of the Living" won Best Female Rock Performance.

Break Every Rule (Number 4, 1986), another platinum release, included "Typical Male" (Number Two pop, Number Three R&B, 1986), "Two People" (Number 30 pop, Number 18 R&B, 1986), and "What You Get Is What You See" (Number 13, 1987). In late 1985 she released a live duet with Bryan Adams, "It's Only Love," which went to Number 15.

Turner, long legendary for her live shows, toured tirelessly. She has always been especially popular in Europe and in England, where Tina Live in Europe went to Number Eight as opposed to Number 86 in the United States. Despite the relatively disappointing chart showing, Live in Europe earned Turner a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy. She duetted with Mick Jagger at Live Aid in 1985 and is a favorite of British rock stars. Her international tours broke records in many cities. In 1986 Turner took home the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy for "Back Where You Started."

In 1986 she published her bestselling autobiography, I, Tina (cowritten with Kurt Loder), in which she maintained that Ike had been abusing her since the Sixties. Her litany of his crimes against her include hitting her, pouring hot coffee on her face, burning her lip with a lighted cigarette, and forcing her to perform while ill and pregnant. She also wrote that she had attempted suicide in 1968.

In 1989 came Turner's first album of new material in over three years, Foreign Affair (Number 31, 1989). Its singles included "The Best" (Number 15, 1989), with a sax solo by Edgar Winter, and Tony Joe White's "Steamy Windows" (Number 39, 1990). While it was not her most successful album in the U.S., it outsold Private Dancer in the U.K. Also in 1989 Turner celebrated her 50th birthday with a star-studded party that included Mark Knopfler (who wrote "Private Dancer"), Eric Clapton, and other admirers. Turner and Rod Stewart's remake of the Marvin Gaye–Tammi Terrell hit "It Takes Two" went to Number Five in the U.K. in 1990. A year later, her greatest-hits package Simply the Best went to Number One in the U.K. but didn't clear the Hot 100 albums chart here. In 1992 Turner signed to Virgin.

Turner's autobiography was made into a hit feature film, What's Love Got to Do With It (1993); the soundtrack (Number 17, 1993) spawned the hit single "I Don't Wanna Fight" (Number Nine pop, Number 51 R&B, 1993), which was cowritten by Steve DuBerry and Lulu.

Dividing her time in the Nineties between homes in Zurich, Switzerland, and the South of France, Turner, a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist for many years, continued to record and tour. In 1996 she released Wildest Dreams (Number 61, 1996), a strong return to form (its 1997 tour was sponsored by Hanes hosiery, in tribute to Turner's famous legs), although only one of its singles, a remake of John Waits' "Missing You" (Number 84 pop, 1996) made the pop chart.

R&B hit singles included "GoldenEye" (the theme from a James Bond thriller that was written for Turner by Bono and the Edge and produced by Nellee Hooper) (Number 89 R&B, 1995), "Something Beautiful Remains" (Number 34 R&B, 1996), and the title track, which featured Barry White (Number 34 R&B). Twenty Four Seven (Number 21 pop, Number 29 R&B, 2000) entered the charts at Number 21, the highest chart debut position of her career.

In 2005, Turner received the Kennedy Center Honors; at the ceremony she earned praise from both Oprah Winfrey and President Bush. In 2008, Turner performed with Beyonce at the Grammys, then set out for Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, a worldwide swing that ran through May, 2009.

Portions of this biography appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/tina-turner/biography#ixzz2dnC3GyM5
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