You probably know that Tina Turner, who passed away on May 24 at 83, was a legendary singer and actress (Tommy, which I saw in theaters when it came out in 1975, and a decade later, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which I didn’t).

I had the absolute thrill of seeing her in concert in 1973. My dad took me to The Ike & Tina Turner Revue at Monticello Raceway in the Catskill Mountains, close to our summer home. I was 12 at the time, and it was my first-ever concert-going experience. I’m not sure I really knew who she was before, (other than the voice behind the monster radio hit Proud Mary), but I’ve never forgotten her performance since then. She remains one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been to five decades worth of large and small concerts in my life. (BTW, I have the partial hearing loss to prove it!)

Microphone spotlit on empty concert stage.

The entertainment world lost an iconic voice with Tina Turner’s passing.
(Photo: StockSnap via Pixabay)

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