Happy Birthday to the Acid Queen


Happy 79th birthday to Tina Turner. Everyone knows she’s a survivor of abuse of all kinds — her ex-husband, Ike, once told Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth that tales of his beating Tina were grossly exaggerated: “That’s the biggest lie ever been told by her or by anybody that say that. I didn’t hit her any more than you been hit by your guy.”

Tina split the husband-and-wife musical act in 1976 (she divorced Ike in ’78) and lit out on a solo career that still resonates. By 1985, she had a live performance airing on HBO, a more exclusive platform than the one we have today. Voice TV critic Elvis Mitchell enthused that her incandescent performance was a case of “putting out fire with gasoline,” and added, “Tina Turner, the former Acid Queen, proves those years of anguish accrued from playing lounges with names like the Barracuda Room were worth it.”

Here we present that week’s entire TV page, both to wish Tina many happy returns, and to remember how different TV was 33 years ago.

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