“Tina recorded the Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry composition “”River Deep – Mountain High”” in late 1965. Released in 1966, the song failed to become a hit in the United States. However, in Europe, the song became a hit, reaching the top three in the United Kingdom. Its UK success prompted Spector to state in interviews, “”Benedict Arnold was quite a guy””, in regards to the United States’ indifferent reaction to the song. Later that year, The Rolling Stones offered Ike and Tina a chance to be one of their opening acts on their fall tour in the United Kingdom, which they accepted. The duo took the opportunity afterwards to book themselves tours all over Europe and Australia where they attracted audiences. The audiences’ appreciation of the band’s sound stunned Ike Turner, who noted that “”there wasn’t anything like my show.””
Following this, the band returned to the United States in demand despite not having a big hit. By 1968, they were performing and headlining in Las Vegas. That year, they signed with Blue Thumb Records and released the first of two albums with them, the first of which, Outta Season, included their modest hit cover of “”I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”” (a song originally sung and written by Otis Redding). The second Blue Thumb release, The Hunter, followed in 1969, and included their modest hit cover of the Albert King hit as well as an original composition titled “”Bold Soul Sister””. Tina’s rendition of “”The Hunter”” led to the singer receiving her first solo Grammy nomination in 1970. Prior to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Ike had lived a teetotal, drug and alcohol free life. Following the success of the Revue, however, Ike began smoking marijuana and, later, cocaine, after being introduced the drug by, he says, “”two famous Las Vegas headliners””. In 1968, after another violent confrontation with Ike, Tina bought 50 Valiums and swallowed them all in an attempt to end her life before a show in Los Angeles; Tina eventually recovered. Late in 1970, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “”Proud Mary””. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single to date, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies, later winning them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song’s parent album, Workin’ Together, became their most successful studio release, peaking at #25 on the Billboard 200. Later in 1971, a live album “”Live at Carnegie Hall: What You Hear Is What You Get”” was released, later being certified gold in the U.S. That year, they were reassigned to Liberty’s parent label, United Artists Records, after Liberty folded, releasing their later albums on United Artists.”
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