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“Tina Turner Acknowledges David Bowie’s Role in Rescuing Her Career”

Tina Turner Credits David Bowie for Rescuing Her Career

The late Tina Turner, known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” had a career that spanned six decades. She credited David Bowie, her former lover, for saving her career after feeling lost and isolated following her divorce from her violent and controlling husband, Ike Turner.

In a 2004 interview with Female First, Turner recounted how Bowie played a pivotal role in her career. In 1983, after the decision was made not to hire her again, Bowie refused to celebrate with Capitol and instead went to see Turner perform at the Ritz in New York. Bowie’s actions led to a record company “big shot” joining the show, which changed Capitol’s view of Turner, ultimately leading to her getting another deal.

Bowie’s hit song “1984” was included on Turner’s album “Private Dancer” which was released in 1984, making her a solo sensation after her split from Ike.

The pair collaborated for the first and only time in a duet of Bowie’s song “Tonight,” which was included in Tina’s 1988 live album “Tina Live in Europe.”

Despite rumors that they slept together, Turner insisted that she never had an affair with Bowie. In 2020, Turner’s confidante and personal assistant, Eddy Hampton Armani, recounted how Turner stated that Bowie got out of the shower when they were backstage together in the 1980s “completely naked” along with Turner’s wigs. However, Turner was quoted by the Daily Mail on Thursday as saying: “Tina always denied that she slept with David. But she told me: ‘David is more of a man than many people think.’”

David Bowie passed away in 2016 at the age of 69 due to liver cancer.

Turner’s legacy remains intact, and she will forever be grateful to Bowie for helping her at a critical time in her career.

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