PP Arnold says she started her career with thanks to Ike and Tina Turner when she became an Ikette for Ike and Tina Turner in 1964.
“I found myself in Tina Turner’s living room singing ‘Dancing in the Streets’ and that was the beginning of it,” PP told Studio Ten.
She said that despite the domestic violence problems Tina Turner suffered at the hand of Ike, her time with the couple was purely professional. “I tried to stay away from all the domestic things that were going on even though it was very, vert difficult to me because Tina had saved me from a life of domestic violence as a young girl,” PP said.
“My experiences were professional. I was an Ikette, I was an employee, so I just did what I was told. I was very young and shy and quite inhibited so my job was to sing and that’s what I did,” she added.
Working with Ike and Tina Turner was an incredible time for PP Arnold. “I like to remember being on stage with Ike and Tina because that’s where it was all happening musically. They were a dynamic duo live and on stage,” she said.
PP, who married in her teens, had her own domestic violence issues to work through and the Ikettes job got her away from her abusive husband. “I lied and told my husband I was going shopping,” she said. “I went to help my girlfriends out. Tina liked the way I sounded. They offered me the job and it happened from there. Meeting them changed my life”.
— Studio 10 (@Studio10au) November 13, 2018
PP Arnold dates
*Tues Nov 27 Melbourne Gershwin Room
*Wed Nov 28 Melbourne Caravan Club
*Thurs Nov 29 Melbourne Nightcat
Fri Dec 7 Castlemaine Theatre Royal
Sun Dec 9 Newcastle Cambridge Hotel
Tues Dec 11 Sydney Club York
Wed Dec 12 Sydney Club York
Thurs Dec 13 Adelaide The Gov
Sat Dec 15 Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre
Sun Dec 16 Perth The Rosemount
Tickets from: davidroywilliams.com/tours/pp-arnold-2018/