Tina Turner dies at 83

Tina Turner in the music video to GoldenEye’s title song

Tina Turner, the soul singer whose career lasted decades, has died at 83, according to various obituaries, including one published by The New York Times.

Turner’s performances featured “rasping vocals, sexual magnetism and explosive energy” in the words of the Times’ obit. She died today at her home in Switzerland, according to a statement from her publicist.

Tina Turner became part of the James Bond film series by performing the title song to 1995’s GoldenEye. A lot was riding on the movie. No Bond film had come out since 1989’s Licence to Kill. Every aspect of the movie got a lot of attention, including a new leading man (Pierce Brosnan) to concerns about whether Bond could come back. Naturally, the song generated interest.

Turner’s song was written by U2’s Bono and the Edge. “The song offered a cool, sneaky Bond-like vibe and subtly incorporated the classic Bond bass line,” Jon Burlingame wrote in his 2012 book The Music of James Bond. Accompanying the song was Daniel Kleinman’s first main titles for the Bond film series. However, the film’s score, by Eric Serra, was a major departure for Bond.

Tina Turner’s career began in the late 1950s. She performed with Ike Turner. The latter’s group became known as the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, according to the Times. The two married but divorced. “Mr. Turner was abusive,” The Times said in its obit. Tina Turner established a solo career with songs like What’s Love Got to Do With It.

For more about Tina Turner’s career, you can check out several items by CNN and obits by Deadline: Hollywood, and ABC News.

Here is the music video to GoldenEye:

One Response

  1. Here’s the obit from Fox News, for balance:


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