Oprah and Tina Turner

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Tina Turner
May 2005

Oprah: What did the Ike years teach you about yourself?

Tina Turner: That's when I learned that I was truly talented. Before I met Ike, I was singing at church and at picnics—but lots of people sing at church and picnics. After I moved with my mother to St. Louis, my older sister and I went to see Ike Turner, who was the hottest then. His music charged me. I was never attracted to him, but I wanted to sing with his band. Ike thought I couldn't sing because I was a skinny-looking girl. Oprah, you were Ike's type. He liked the ladies with the hips.

OW: Oh, I really missed out on that one! What is Ike's phone number?

Read the full interview from the May 2005 issue.