Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry Lead Tributes For Tina Turner

25 May 2023 | 8:45 am | Mary Varvaris

The music world pays tribute to an icon.

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The music world is in shock and sadness this morning as music legend, the Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner, has passed away at the age of 83. 

Known for her momentous hits We Don’t Need Another Hero, What’s Love Got To Do With It, The Best, Private Dancer, and many more – her career spanned 72 singles and ten albums over six decades.

Her stature was legendary – she had a rich raspy voice which could bring audiences to their knees, while also showcasing tenderness and vulnerability that resonated with the entire world. She influenced generations of singers, including Beyoncé, Janis Joplin, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Bonnie Tyler, and many others.

Tina Turner faced poverty, abuse, and a huge comeback in music starting in the 1980s when she was in her 50s. She was undoubtedly a music icon, and today, musicians such as Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, and Debbie Harry are paying tribute to a star of which we’ll never see the likes of again.

“The words legendary, iconic, diva, and superstar are often overused and yet Tina Turner embodies them all and so many more - an incredible performer, musician and trailblazer,” Mariah Carey wrote on Twitter. “To me, she will always be a survivor and an inspiration to women everywhere. Her music will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in Peace, Queen”.

Creedence Clearwater Revival vocalist and solo artist John Fogerty added, “So deeply sad to hear about Tina Turner's passing… I loved her version of Proud Mary! It was different and fantastic. I was also so happy because she chose my song and it was her breakthrough record.

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“I was so honored. I am also grateful I was on stage with her playing Proud Mary. Keep rollin’ on the river. Rest in peace, Tina.”

Steven Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and The Sopranos star, said, “RIP Tina Turner. One of our greatest RocknSoul voices, performers, and stories. She lives forever in the Underground Garage.”

The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger shared a series of photos of his “wonderful friend” Tina Turner and left the following tribute: 

"I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.”

Double J’s Zan Rowe added, “Rest in power, Tina Turner. A force that soundtracked my childhood, and a life story I learned about as an adult. She was not just a survivor, she was a Queen. One of the most powerful women in music, with a voice like no other. What an icon. What a legacy. Vale.”

You can view more tributes for Tina Turner below.