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“All of those blues singers sounded like dirt. Tina sounded like screaming dirt. It was a funky sound.” Juggy Murray on Tina Turner. (Murray - the co-founder of rhythm and blues label Sue Records - was instrumental in launching the career of Ike and Tina Turner in the early sixties). “Screaming dirt!” Is that not the best description of Tina’s voice you’ve ever heard? Is there higher praise?

Happy birthday to the glorious Miss Tina Turner (née Anna Mae Bullock, born 26 November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee). The fierce Bold Soul Sister – described over the decades as “the woman God put on earth to show other women how to dance in high heels” and by both Playboy and Look magazines as “like a lioness in heat” – turns 81 today! All hail the queen!

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