Fifty years ago this week, the world was introduced to the timeless classic “Nutbush City Limits,” a global hit and semi-autobiographical song written by Tina Turner which commemorates her rural hometown of Nutbush in Haywood County, Tennessee, United States.
This milestone anniversary marks not only the song’s enduring popularity but also the celebration of a dance craze that has captured the hearts of Australians – the Nutbush dance. Upon release in Australia, the iconic song spent an entire year in the top 100 of Australia’s single chart.
Recorded by Ike & Tina Turner, Nutbush City Limits quickly soared to the top of the charts upon its release in 1973, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. The song’s infectious rhythm and powerful lyrics reflected Turner’s unmatched talent and charisma, cementing her status as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Through the years, Nutbush City Limits has continued to be an anthem of empowerment and joy, inspiring countless artists and audiences worldwide.
When she was asked about the song last year, the late Tina Turner:
Nutbush City Limits not only reflects my past; for me, the song is above all an expression of departure and change. I managed to leave everything behind and live my childhood dream.
The song is very personal; therefore, the writing was also particularly intense and emotional. I put my identity and my life into the song. I was always proud of that, and even 50 years later the song still means a lot to me.
As the cast and company of TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL reflect on 50 years of Nutbush City Limits, we acknowledge the song’s profound impact on music history and the joy it has brought to millions. We also celebrate the Australian spirit, which adopted the Nutbush dance as a symbol of unity and happiness.
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is currently playing at Theatre Royal Sydney through to December 31. Featuring 23 iconic songs including, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Simply The Best,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and “Proud Mary”, this smash hit musical tells the story of Tina Turner’s life and has received 37 prestigious award nominations including BEST MUSICAL (Tony Awards) and BEST NEW MUSICAL (Olivier Awards).
The best thing I’ve seen on stage in a very long time”– 10 News First
An exhilarating night at the theatre”– Limelight
Venue: Theatre Royal Sydney
Date: 31 Dec 2023
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Photo Credit: Daniel Boud