Anna Mae was born at Poindexter Farm on Highway 180, where her father worked as an overseer of the sharecroppers. (The latter was revealed when she appeared on the PBS documentary African American Lives 2, and the host Henry Louis Gates shared the results of Turner's ancestral tests.) Anna Mae had an older sister, Ruby Aillene.
As young children, Anna Mae and Aillene were separated when their parents relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work at a defense facility during World War II.
Kurt Loder described the track as "the blackest record to ever creep into the white pop charts since Ray Charles' gospel-styled 'What'd I Say' that previous summer." A second pop hit, "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" (1961), reached the top 20 and earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock and Roll Performance.
Notable singles released during the duo's Sue Records period included the R&B hits, "I Idolize You", "Poor Fool", and "Tra-La-La-La." In 1964, Ike & Tina left Sue and signed with Kent Records, releasing the modest single, "I Can't Believe What You Say." The following year, they signed with Loma Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
When Anna Mae was 13, her father married another woman and moved to Detroit.
One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, she has also been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.Records and run by Bob Krasnow, who had become their manager shortly after they left Sue Records.Between 19, Ike & Tina signed with more than ten labels.Ike patented the name Tina Turner as a form of protection so that if Anna left him like his previous lead singers, he could replace her with another singer and have her perform as Tina."A Fool in Love" was released in July 1960 and became an immediate hit, peaking at number 2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart and number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 that October.