Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee. Her father abandoned the family when she was 1 year old and her mother died of a heart attack when Tina Turner was 12 years old. She grew up with relatives in St. Louis, Missouri who renamed her "Anna Mae" to disguise the fact that they were raising an African American child (the Jim Crow era laws mandated segregation). At age 17, she married a man named Raymond Hill whom she had known since childhood and soon gave birth to their first daughter. They moved into a home owned by his parents but split after only three weeks of marriage due to domestic violence from Mr Hill.
During this time Tina Turner took work as a maid for a white couple living in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood while also attending beauty school where she learned about hair styling. In 1960 at age 21 years old, Tina Turner moved with her two daughters back to St Louis where she began working as assistant manager for Peaches Records along with three other employees including Ethel Ennis - another singer employed there - who introduced Ella Fitzgerald's music to young Anna Mae/Tina which inspired Tina Turners taste in music and singing style.. Shortly thereafter Ray Hill tracked down his ex-wife hoping they could reconcile however he failed at gaining custody over their children citing his prior acts of domestic violence against them during the brief marriage period . With no place else left to live or stay , Ms Bullock sought refuge from Ethel Ennis who took pity upon the brokenhearted woman offering herself up as foster parent until such time when Mrs Ennis would become financially stable enough to raise children herself . During this time under Mrs Ensein financial support , Ms Bullock worked weekends performing gigs across Saint Louis eventually catching attention from several local musicians including Ike Turner who invited himself backstage following one particular performance adding shortly before leaving stage side : "someday I'm gonna marry you". It wasn't long afterward that RayHill did indeed gain custody over both daughters forcing all four women out onto the streets homeless together yet resourceful enough through hard work & determination , they were able effectively provide themselves reasonably well off without government assistance using credit card applications made inside various department stores throughout downtown Saint Louis County area .
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