Tina Turned My Life around; Singer's Lovers Included Rod Stewart and Jimi Hendrix

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Tina Turned My Life around; Singer's Lovers Included Rod Stewart and Jimi Hendrix


Byline: Billy Sloan

POP singer PP Arnold has Popened her heart about how battered wife Tina Turner helped her escape from the hell of her own violent marriage.

Her life was transformed when Tina offered her a job in her backing group, The Ikettes, after PP's husband beat her up.

It set her on the road to stardom but she had to watch Ike Turner regularly batter Tina until she could stand it no longer and walked out after a 1976 Dallas gig with 36 cents in her pocket.

Since then, PP - real name Patricia Ann Cole - has enjoyed an amazing 45-year career performing with Oasis, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, The Small Faces, Eric Clapton and Primal Scream. She was also the lover of Jimi Hendrix and Rod Stewart.

But it wasn't who plays the Renfrew Ferry in Glasgow tonight, has bitter memories.

In 1964, a 17-year-old PP struggled to bring up two children in an abusive marriage to David Arnold.

She lied to get out of the house to audition for the Ikettes and suffered the painful consequences. different Turner still had PP, 64, said: "My husband punched me just because I went to the audition.

I prayed to God and asked him to show me a way out of the hell I was living in.

"I had to take two jobs to feed the kids. I'd work as a typist during the day t fo then pick up the kids from my mum, cook their dinner, put them to bed, then go out to the night shift in an egg factory. It was awful. That was my life.

"On Sundays, I'd do all the housework. I was a real-life Cinderella.

"When Tina offered me the job, I told her I was in big trouble because I shouldn't have been there. She said: 'If you're gonna be jazz-kicked for nothing, you might as well come to the show with us'.

"I thought why not and travelled from Los Angeles to Fresno."

When PP didn't get home until 6am, was furious. She said: "As soon David as I walked in the door, he hit me - hard. It was almost as if he'd knocked some sense into me. From that minute, I knew I was gonna do it.

"It was a chance to get out of the situation I was in. I hadn't told my parents about the abuse but now I just blurted it all out. Four days later, I was in Columbus, Ohio, playing my first gig with Tina. She inspired me to walk out. Tina convinced me there was an opportunity to be a singer."

PP saw the terrible beatings womaniser Ike dished out to Tina but felt powerless to stop the abuse.

The incidents were portrayed, with horrific reality, in the 1993 bio-pic What's Love Got To Do With It? in which Angela Bassett played Tina and Laurence Fishburne the violent Ike.

PP told me: "Ike was a monster.

We'd be in the dressing room getting ready to go on stage and, boom, Tina would get beat up and we'd have to wait for her to change her clothes and re-do her make-up. It was awful. Ike was a control freak.

"It got even more complicated because she wasn't his only woman.

He would be on the road with four different girls, all part of his 'Ike Turner harem'. I was only 17 so I was still jailbait. …

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