In 1973, Tina Turner wrote a song about Nutbush, Tenn., the place where she was born. Titled “Nutbush City Limits,” her birthplace was actually an unincorporated town in Haywood County, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis. Turner lived there until she was 17. The song pays tribute to the rural roots of her hometown “on highway number 19.”
“Nutbush City Limits,” peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the last hit single Turner would have with her husband as the Ike and Tina Turner Review. She separated from him shortly after the single was released.
On Sept. 28, 2002, a nine-mile stretch of State Route 19, between Nutbush and Brownsville, was officially named “Tina Turner Highway” in her honor.
“Nutbush City Limits” trivia:
1. Marc Bolan, the glam rock frontman and founder of T. Rex, played guitar on the studio recording.
2. In Australia, The Nutbush became a popular line dance performed to the song during the days of disco.
(Glide, Tina, glide!)