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Tina Turner Highway

Music Nutbush City Limits Tina Turner (morceau - 1973)
Tina Turner's adventure began in the late 1930s in the small town of Nutbush, Tennessee. A place now marked by his songs, one in particular, has given another notoriety to the city.
Tina Turner Highway
Tina Turner Highway - Photo Flickr by Marilyn

“I’m self-made. I always wanted to make myself a better person, because I was not educated. But that was my dream – to have class.”

Tina Turner

If it is indeed in Nutbush that little Anna Mae Bullock, the future Tina Turner, was born on November 26, 1939, she is quickly moved to St. Louis, Missouri, while she is still a teenager. It was there, at the age of 17, that she met Ike Turner, an already seasoned musician, known on the local scene. At the age of 18, he was impressed by the girl’s voice and asked her to join his choir. In 1962, Ike and Tina got married. For the young woman, the nightmare begins. Violent, her husband sinks into addiction but when the two go on stage, the crowds ask for more.

Far from Nutbush, Tina Turner does not forget where she comes from and begins to detach herself from the influence of her husband. The Nutbush native then built an even more impressive career than the previous one and established herself as one of the great voices of the moment. A success that his hometown decided to celebrate by renaming a stretch of highway to his glory many years later.

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During her long career, Tina Turner sold 100 million records.

Tina Turner Highway

Few rock stars have given their name to a highway. A consecration to recognize the importance of Tina Turner and her large contribution to popular music.

In 2002, the portion of State Route 19 located between Brownsville and the town of Nutbush was renamed Tina Turner Highway; the singer having spent her childhood in the region. The singer spent her childhood in the area, and she cites this famous State Route 19 in her song Nutbush City Limits. The artist’s childhood home was destroyed. The churches in Woodlawn and Spring Hill, where she used to visit with her family, are still standing.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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