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Ike Turner
Ike Turner at the Long Beach Blues Festival, 1997
Ike Turner at the Long Beach Blues Festival, 1997
Background information
Birth name Ike Wister Turner
Born November 5, 1931(1931-11-05)
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Died December 12, 2007 (aged 76)
San Marcos, California, USA
Genre(s) R&B
Funk
Soul-blues
Memphis blues
Rock and roll
Occupation(s) musician
Instrument(s) Guitar
Piano
Vocals
Years active 1951-2007
Associated acts Tina Turner
Website IkeTurner.com

Ike Turner (born Ike Wister Turner, November 5, 1931December 12, 2007) was an two-time Grammy Award-winning American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer, best known for his work with his then wife Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner duo. Spanning a career that lasted half a century, Ike's repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. Alongside his former wife, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 594 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1453 × 1467 pixel, file size: 215 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo by Masahiro Sumori File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 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Biography

Early life and career

Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on November 5, 1931, to Beatrice Cushenberry and Izear Luster Turner. Ike got his first taste of pleasing an audience at the age of eight working at the local Clarksdale radio station, WROX, located in the Alcazar Hotel in downtown Clarksdale. A man in charge of the station put Turner to work as he watched the record turntables. Said Turner: Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

I got a job driving the elevator in the Alcazar and the radio station was on the second floor. It was very exciting to me, a radio station. I'd run up to the second floor and look through the window at the guy spinning records. He saw me and told me to come in and showed me how to 'hold a record.' I'd sit there and hold it until the one playing stopped, then I'd turn a knob and the one I was holding would play. Next thing I know, he was going across the street for coffee and leaving me in there alone. I was only eight. That was the beginning of my thing with music.

Turner was soon carrying amplifiers for blues singer Robert Nighthawk, who often played live on WROX. Ike was mesmerized by Nighthawk's playing, but nothing could equal the experience of hearing Pinetop Perkins on piano for the first time. Growing up, his idol Pinetop Perkins helped teach the young Ike to play boogie-woogie on the piano. Ike soon was enamored of other blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Little Walter[1]. Robert Lee McCollum (30 November 1909–5 November 1967) was an American bluesman who played and recorded under the names Robert Lee McCoy and Robert Nighthawk. ... Pinetop Perkins (born Joe Willie Perkins in 1913) is an American blues musician from Mississippi. ... Pinetop Perkins (born Joe Willie Perkins in 1913) is an American blues musician from Mississippi. ... Boogie woogie has two different meanings: a piano based music style, boogie woogie (music) a dance that imitates the rocknroll of the 50s, boogie woogie (dance) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. ... There were 2 popular blues harmonica players that went by the name Sonny Boy Williamson Sonny Boy Williamson I, also known as John Lee Williamson was an American blues harmonica player, born in Jackson, Tennessee, whose first record Good Morning, School Girl was a hit in 1937. ... Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs) (May 1, 1930 - February 15, 1968) was a blues singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. ...


Many sources state Turner's real name to be "Izear Luster Turner, Jr." however, in his autobiography Takin' Back My Name, it is stated as "Ike Wister Turner." In the book, Turner explains about this confusion. His father, Izear Luster Turner, was a minister for the local church. Turner had thought he was named Izear Luster Turner, Jr. after his father, until he found out that his name was registered as Ike Wister Turner while applying for his first passport. He never got to discover the origin of his name, as by the time he discovered it, his parents were both dead. Furthermore, Ike Turner converted to Judaism later in his life.


Music career

Ike Turner's actual music career began in earnest in the late-1940s where he formed a group whom he christened The Kings of Rhythm. In 1951, the band recorded what historians have debated as "the first rock and roll record" with "Rocket 88", credited to Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (this band did not actually exist). Brenston was both the band's saxophonist and the lead vocalist of the song, and on the original Chess release was listed as the song's writer. "Rocket 88" was produced at Sun Studio in Memphis by Sam Phillips. The record was one of the first examples of guitar distortion, which happened by accident when one of the amplifiers dropped before the recording. There are many candidates for the title of the first rock and roll record. ... Rocket 88 is a rhythm and blues song from 1951. ... Rocket 88, a rhythm and blues song from 1951 claimed by Sun Records owner and pioneer rock and roll record producer Sam Phillips as the first rock and roll song. The record was credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, but the band did not actually exist. ... A saxophonist is a musician who plays the saxophone. ... Sun Studio Sun Studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 710 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. ... Sam Phillips, born Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – June 30, 2003), was a record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. ... In the world of guitar music and guitar amplification, distortion is actively sought, evaluated, and appreciatively discussed in its endless flavors. ...


Ike and the Kings of Rhythm settled into local fame in St. Louis where the band locally recorded for a St. Louis label and even appeared on local television shows. Throughout this early period, Turner became a recording scout and A&R man for independent record companies including Sun Records - where "Rocket 88" was recorded, helping the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James and Otis Rush get signed. He also became a sideman playing guitar for these blues acts and more. Musically, Turner was known for his hard-hitting guitar style. He was known to put the whammy bar of his Fender Stratocaster to frequent use. Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... Label of the fourth Sun Records Sun Records has been the name for four 20th century record labels. ... Otis Rush (born April 29, 1934 in Philadelphia, Mississippi) is a blues musician and guitarist. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar with a solid or semi-solid body that utilizes electromagnetic pickups to convert the vibration of the steel-cored strings into electrical current. ... Stratocaster redirects here. ...


Turner's music career changed drastically after meeting a teenage singer from Nutbush, Tennessee, named Anna Mae Bullock, who demandingly grabbed a microphone during a singing session at one of St. Louis' nightspots and sang a B.B. King song in her now-trademark throated raspy vocals. Bullock's performance impressed Ike so much he allowed Anna to join his band as a background singer. However within a year, Ike's plans for Bullock changed after Anna recorded what he originally stated was a demo for a song that was to be sung by a male vocalist. After hearing her vocals, he let it be released under an independent label and in the process changed the name of the singer from Anna Mae Bullock to Tina Turner - naming her after Sheena - and the name of the band to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. That song, "A Fool in Love", became a national hit in early 1960, reaching the top three in the R&B charts and becoming a top thirty pop hit in the process. From then until 1976, Ike and Tina Turner became one of the most explosive duos in rock & soul music. The creation of the revue also led to the soul revues of the 1960s. Inspired by Ray Charles, Turner created a trio of sexy background singers and dancers who were named The Ikettes who often had their moves choreographed by Tina and Ike. The Turners eventually scored several hit singles including "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "River Deep - Mountain High", "I Want To Take You Higher", "Proud Mary", and "Nutbush City Limits" over thirteen years. Grocery store in Nutbush Nutbush, Tennessee is an unincorporated rural community in western Tennessee that has been considered part of Brownsville, in Haywood County, and Ripley in Lauderdale County, United States. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #18 (Winter 1952-53). ... A Fool in Love is a propulsive soul single released as the debuting single for Ike & Tina Turner, released in 1960 on the Sue Records label. ... For Ray Charles, the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... The Ikettes were a trio of female backup vocalists for the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, a prominent American rhythm and blues group from the 1960s. ... Its Gonna Work Out Fine is a rockish soul song issued by the team of Ike & Tina Turner, released in 1961. ... River Deep - Mountain High is a 1966 single by Ike & Tina Turner. ... I Want to Take You Higher is a 1969 song by the soul/rock/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, the b-side to their Top 30 hit Stand!. Unlike most of the other tracks on the Stand! album, I Want to Take You Higher is not a message song... Proud Mary is a song written by American singer and guitarist John Fogerty. ... Nutbush City Limits is Tina Turners semi-autobiographical rock song, in which she portrays Nutbush, Tennessee, the town where she was born and spent her childhood until the age of sixteen. ...


The success the duo contributed eventually led to the creation of the Los Angeles-based Bolic Sounds studio, founded by Ike. However, after Tina abruptly left Ike after a violent altercation in 1976, Ike lost ground in the national music market. As a solo artist, he struggled to find success after Tina and after releasing two failed solo albums, had found himself facing drug and weapons charges, of which he was convicted in 1989. Shortly after Ike's release from prison in 1993, the musician went back on the road and back into recording music, which continued until his death. In 2001, Ike released the Grammy-nominated Here & Now album. Three years later, he was awarded with an "Heroes Award" from the Memphis charter of NARAS. In 2005, he appeared on the Gorillaz' album, Demon Days, playing piano on the track, "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead". He played live with the band on the band's world tour to that particular song. In 2007, Ike won his first solo Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for the album, Risin' With the Blues. Before his death, a collaboration between Turner and the rock band, The Black Keys, by Gorillaz' producer Danger Mouse was expected this year, 2008. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is known variously as NARAS or The Recording Academy. ... For the Gorillazs self-titled debut album, see Gorillaz (album). ... Demon Days is the second studio album and a concept album[1] by Gorillaz, released on May 23, 2005 in the UK and on May 24 in the U.S.. Demon Days entered the UK charts at #1 and the US charts at #6, neatly outperforming the bands 2001... Every Planet we Reach is Dead is a song by the cartoon supergroup, Gorillaz. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album has been awarded since 1983. ... The Black Keys are a blues-rock duo consisting of Daniel Auerbach (vocals and guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums) from Akron, Ohio. ... Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, is an American artist and producer. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal life

The facts surrounding his second marriage to Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) have been hotly debated. It is believed that Ike married Tina in 1962 due to worries over being sued for child support and alimony payments by Taylor. The ceremony is claimed to have taken place in Tijuana, Mexico, and Tina had a son with Ike. However, their marriage was overshadowed by Ike's constant abuse towards her. Ike is said to have openly cheated on Tina with other women, one of whom was former Ikette, Ann Thomas, by whom he had a baby and whom he later married in 1981. In 1995, he married yet another Ikette, Jeanette Bazzell. Ike has four known children: sons, Ike Jr., Michael and Ronald and daughter, Mia.[2] Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... In many countries, child support or child maintenance is the ongoing obligation for a periodic payment made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent, caregiver or guardian, for the care and support of children of a relationship or marriage that has been terminated. ... Alimony, maintenance or spousal support is an obligation established by law in many countries that is based on the premise that both spouses have an absolute obligation to support each other during the marriage (or civil union) unless they are legally separated. ... Tijuana (Spanish [], English usually []), is the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California and the seat of the municipality of Tijuana. ...


In the mid-1980s, Turner suffered a brush with the law when he was convicted of drug-related charges and sentenced to several years in a California state prison. Turner was still in prison pleading parole when he and Tina were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, which Tina accepted on his behalf. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential rock and...


In 2001, Turner's long-awaited autobiography, Takin' Back My Name (ISBN 1-85227-850-1), was published. In Tina Turner's 1986 autobiography, I, Tina, later filmed as What's Love Got to Do with It?, Tina accused Ike of violent spousal abuse, which Ike repeatedly denied for many years. However, in his 2001 autobiography Ike admitted, "Sure, I've slapped Tina... There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her." Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... I, Tina is a 1986 autobiography by rock singer Tina Turner, co-written by MTV news correspondent and music critic Kurt Loder. ... Whats Love Got to Do with It? is a 1993 biographical film which tells the life story of Tina Turner. ...


Turner has attributed many problems off the stage to his drug and alcohol addiction and intense use of cocaine, resulting in his abusive behavior and relationship with his wife and children. When Turner was released from prison in 1993, Turner began where he left off in his career with a busy touring and recording schedule. Abuser redirects here. ...


In 1996, in an interview with NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Ike claimed that he and Tina Turner were never actually married, and that she originally took his name in order to discourage a former lover from returning to her.[3]. On October 17, 2007, in a telephone interview conducted by radio personality Howard Stern, Ike reiterated his claim that he and Tina Turner were never actually married. Terry Gross (born 1951) is the host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, an interview format radio show produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and distributed throughout the United States by National Public Radio. ... For the Scottish student radio station, see Fresh Air (Edinburgh). ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ...


Death

Turner died on December 12, 2007 at 76 years of age at his home in San Marcos, California, near San Diego.[4] On January 16, 2008 it was reported by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office that he died from a cocaine overdose. "The cause of death for Ike Turner is cocaine toxicity with other significant conditions," such as hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema, Supervising Medical Examiner Investigator Paul Parker told CNN.[5] is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... San Marcos is a city located in the northern portion of San Diego County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 54,977. ... For other uses, see Cocaine (disambiguation). ... The term drug overdose (or simply overdose) describes the ingestion or application of a drug or other substance in quantities greater than are recommended or generally practiced. ... Cardiovascular disease refers to the class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels (arteries and veins). ...


Discography

Ike & Tina Turner

Main article: Ike & Tina Turner discography

Other

  • 1969: Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm: A Black Man's Soul
  • 2004: Here and Now
  • 2007: Rising with the Blues

Notes

  1. ^ The Austin Chronicle: Music: Spotlight: Ike Turner: Antone's, Midnight
  2. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CEFDB153EF936A3575AC0A967958260 New York Times
  3. ^ Fresh Air from WHYY : NPR
  4. ^ Ken Barnes (2007-12-12). Ike Turner: A tarnished rock legend. USA Today. Retrieved on 2007-12-23.
  5. ^ "Medical examiner says Ike Turner died of cocaine overdose. Tina didnt go to funral.", CNN.com, 2008-1-17. Retrieved on 2008-1-17. 

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NAME Turner, Ike Wister
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SHORT DESCRIPTION American musician
DATE OF BIRTH November 5, 1931
PLACE OF BIRTH Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States
DATE OF DEATH December 12, 2007
PLACE OF DEATH San Marcos, California, United States
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Ike Turner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (959 words)
Turner's 1951 recording of "Rocket 88" is considered one of the earliest examples of rock and roll with a driving back beat and topped with electric guitar and wailing saxophone.
Ike's complete dominance over Tina's life eventually became too much for her, and after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, she walked out on him in 1975, with nothing more than thirty-six cents and a gas-station credit card.
Ike Turner was later convicted and served time in a California State Prison for drug-related charges, while Tina went on to have a successful solo career beginning in the early 1980s.
Encyclopedia4U - Ike Turner - Encyclopedia Article (329 words)
Turner's musical career began with his childhood piano teacher Pinetop Perkins who taught him the boogie-woogie that he later transformed into early rock and roll.
Turner's 1949 recording of "Rocket 88" is considered one of the earliest examples of simple rock and roll with a driving back beat and topped with electric guitar and wailing saxophone.
Turner is also noted for introducing the classic soul music show to general audiences with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, featuring a full band, Tina Turner, and the Ikettes, a female trio of frantic singers and dancers.
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