Tina Turner did not always love her voice.
The icon, 78, sat down with CBS News‘ Gayle King
in an all-encompassing interview about her life, and her new book “Tina Turner: My Love Story”. And the legend who has given us decades of hots says that she wasn’t always proud of her distinctive voice.
“You know, in the beginning, I didn’t [like it], she told King from her Swiss home overlooking Lake Zurich. “I thought it was kind of ugly because it didn’t sound like Diana Ross. But then afterwards I thought, ‘Yeah, it sounds like the guys.’”
She had similar sentiments of dislike when she first heard the demo of “What’s Love Got to do With It,” the 1984 hit that became her first number song as a solo artist.
“The day of recording, from what Roger said, ‘Tina, I think the song is gonna hit,’ she said of her manager Roger Davies. “So I said, ‘Okay, I can sing it.’ I said, ‘But I don’t like it, Rog.’ So, I went in the studio, and I applied my voice.”
“You Tina’d it up,” said King.
In the book, Turner chronicles her second chance at love
after a physically abusive relationship with her former husband and musical collaborator, Ike Turner, and how the love from her second marriage has sustained her through numerous health issues in recent years.
She faced another hardship this past summer when her oldest son, Craig, took his own life.
“I think Craig was lonely, that’s what I think really got him more than anything else,” she said. “I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I’m sensing that he’s in a good place. I really do.”