2 years ago, Grammy-Award winning Icon Tina Turner tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend Music Executive Erwin Bach in their Switzerland home in front of many of their family and friends which included Tina’s son Craig, singers Sade, David Bowie and Bryan Adams who performed for the couple. Other guests included Talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, who served as bridesmaids. Turner who’s music career began when she joined the Kings of Rhythm in 1958, had met Erwin an German executive at her record label when he was asked to meet her at the airport in London in 1986. Tina had revealed to Oprah that when she first laid eyes on him she began to get butterflies and it was love at first sight. The two became great friends and two years later, they began to date and remained in a relationship for nearly 28 years before they decided to get married.
Many of Tina’s fans were happy that she finally found true real love and happiness after launching a solo career which included the release of her multi-platinum album “Private Dancer” which peaked at # 3 on the Pop charts and # 1 on the R&B Charts. The album also did well overseas. The album scored many hits including “Let’s Stay Together,” “Better Be Good To Me,” “Show Some Respect” the title track and “What’s Love Got To Do With It” which became her 1st and only # 1 Pop hit peaking at the top of the Pop charts for 3 weeks. The success of the album earned Tina 3 Grammy Awards and fans around the world. Tina continued to gain success with the follow ups Break Every Rule, Foreign Affair, In Your Wildest Dreams and Twenty-Four Seven while her concert tours grossed millions of dollars making her the 1st female recording artist to have nearly 500, ooo fans attend her stadium concerts. In 2008, Tina returned to the stage at the age of 68 to embark on her post-retirement tour Tina 50 which celebrated her 50th anniversary in entertainment and once again the tour was a success.
The 1st time fans learned of Tina’s new romance was during an interview she did with Ebony Magazine in 1989, while she was promoting her album “Foreign Affair” which featured her co-producing 2 songs as well as serving as executive producer. Many fans were happy to see that she had found happiness in her life. In fact Ebony and Jet Magazine always showed pictures of them together. When Erwin who’s 16 years younger than Tina was asked about their relationship on 60 Minutes, he said ‘I’m in love with a person. Not the rock star.” Tina revealed that he was mature for his age and that though she made most of the money, he does contribute financially to the household expenses.
For many years Tina was asked would she ever remarry. Tina’s responses was I like it the way it is. After becoming a Swiss Citizen, Tina finally accepted Erwin’s proposal and they officially married on July 4th 2013, but had a ceremony on July 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends and to show appreciation to the fans and press, the couple had the cover pulled from their house for them to get photos of the ceremony and shorty after, Tina and Erwin appeared on a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey Show where Erwin gave a rare interview and spoke about his love for Tina and kindly reminded Tina’s friend that their relationship lasted longer than his wife’s 1st relationship and it was time to close that chapter. In other words-It was time to stop asking about Tina’s 1st husband Ike!! (I like many felt that Oprah should have asked Tina’s question about her ex when she and Tina’s friend Cher appeared on her show to speak about their friendship and career). Well Tina and Erwin are living happy and while they enjoy time hanging out with family and friends, they also spend lots of quality time together.
Da-Professor’s Lounge wishes Tina Turner and Erwin Back a Happy Anniversary. They’re Simply The Best.
Song played while typing this tribute
In Your Wildest Dreams
Tina Turner & Barry White