I write this memorial blog today with a heavy heart, paying respect to the incomparable Tina Turner, a true legend who has left an indelible stamp on the world of music and touched the lives of millions.
I witnessed a beautiful moment as I was part of her management team and at the time, resided in West Berlin, New York and LA. Berlin was teeming with artistic refugees, activists, and foreign pop stars like David Bowie and Iggy Pop who came and went from the city’s booming music scene. As part of her team and entourage, I had the luxury of witnessing her astonishing rise to prominence and getting to know the extraordinary woman behind the renowned voice…
Tina and I formed a strong bond that transcended our professional relationship throughout our journey together. We laughed, cried, and experienced great moments together. Tina gave me the nickname Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes. We had a lot of inside jokes from the 70s Sitcom. A frequent routine we would do, is when Tina would ask me something backstage like “Martin, when do I go on?” I would reply with Sergeant Shultz’s exaggerated German accent “I know nothing!” For those unfamiliar with Hogan’s Heroes, here is a nostalgic clip!
Her friendliness, warmth, and giving were unparalleled. Whether they were admirers or personal friends, she always made time for them. Her contagious spirit and true love for people were just amazing.
Tina demonstrated that age, ethnicity, or gender should never be a barrier!
My old friend Tina, you have given so much to the world and to me.