In Memoriam – Tina Turner, 1939-2023

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself.  If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it.  Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

Tina Turner

I have a personal – albeit tenuous – connection to Tina Turner.  My father worked for a printing shop in downtown Dallas for most of his adult life.  In the early 1960s, before I was born, he met Turner and her then husband, Ike, when they came to town ahead of a series of shows they had scheduled.  The couple was just getting started in their career together, and the shop where my father worked landed the contract to print up tickets and various promotional materials for the Turners.  My father had never heard of them, but recounted they were polite and professional, arriving in business attire as was customary at the time.  Ike, he said, did most of the talking.  He never saved any of the stuff he printed for them, so he had only his recollection of the meeting to relay in the following years.


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2 responses to “In Memoriam – Tina Turner, 1939-2023

  1. Amazing to think that your Father had met them. Tina is a much loved icon down here. I think it was sad that she was repeatedly asked about Ike all her life when she would much rather nice on to other positive topics.

    • Yes, I wish I had something tangible – like an old photo or a copy of one of those tickets – to prove my father met the Turners. But his company did a lot of work for various artists who would come to town, and he just had no idea they would go on to such fame.

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