Remember When Tina Turner Stripped on Stage?

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Tina Turner, who turned 79 on Monday, has had her fair share of groundbreaking performances over the years. In fact, the “Simply the Best” songstress, known for her mile-long legs and sultry, raspy vocals, once held a Guinness World Record for largest audience during a solo performance, bumping Frank Sinatra out of his spot. From her career-changing performance at the Ritz in New York 1983, which David Bowie attended with Keith Richards in lieu of his own launch party for Let’s Dance (Turner would end up nabbing record deals with Capitol Records and EMI from that show) to her 2008 performance with Beyoncé at the 50th annual Grammy Awards (the two sang a high-voltage rendition of Turner’s “Proud Mary,” a Creedence Clearwater Revival cover track she debuted with her late ex-husband Ike Turner), the Tennessee native born Anna Mae Bullock has earned a reputation as one of the most energetic—and sartorially mesmerizing—stage forces in music history. But one performance in particular stands out: the time she stripped on stage with Mick Jagger.

It happened during Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985. Turner made a surprise cameo during the tail-end of Jagger’s five-track performance at the benefit concert, joining him on stage to help him sing two classics: “State of Shock” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It).” The latter saw Jagger dramatically rip off Turner’s leather mini skirt, resulting in the crooner finishing out the track in nothing more than a leotard and fishnets. The crowd, naturally, went wild, and the sexy performance—which may or may not have inspired that famously risqué Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake moment at the Super Bowl in the early aughts—is arguably one of the biggest and most shock-inducing highlights in rock ‘n’ roll history, even though it was, presumably, planned and rehearsed.

Her performance with Jagger, who apparently learned his dance moves from Turner, came at a crucial time in the pop star’s career. With the release of Private Dancer, her debut album for Capital Records, a month earlier, and her separation from her abusive ex-husband who she performed with for more than a decade, Turner was at the peak of a fiery solo career. And though she’d go on to do more erotically tinged performances, one thing’s for sure: They don’t call her the „Queen of Rock ’n‘ Roll“ for nothing.

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