How “Proud Mary” Made Tina Turner a Household Name

In the spoken introduction to their hit “Proud Mary,” Tina Turner promises audiences that at first, she and then-husband, Ike Turner, will take things “nice and easy” with the song, but promises the ending will be “rough.” A promise the singer delivered on time after time for decades, with the song becoming indelibly linked to the performer born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, in 1939.