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Ike Wister Turner
(November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician,
. In a career that lasted more than half a century, his repertoire included
. He is most popularly known for his 1960s work with his then wife
Ike & Tina Turner
revue. He began playing piano and guitar when he was eight, forming his group, the
Kings of Rhythm
as a teenager at high school. He employed the group as his
for the rest of his life. His first recording, "
" with the Kings of Rhythm credited as "
and his Delta Cats", in 1951, is considered a possible contender for "
first rock and roll song
". Relocating to
St. Louis, Missouri
in 1954, he built the Kings into one of the most renowned acts on the local
circuit. It was there he met singer Anna Mae Bullock, whom he married and renamed Tina Turner, forming the
Ike & Tina Turner
Revue, which over the course of the sixties became a soul/rock crossover success.
Turner recorded for many of the key R&B
s of the 1950s and 1960s, including
. With the Ike & Tina Revue he graduated to larger labels
. Throughout his career Turner won two
and was nominated for three others. Alongside his former wife, Turner was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the
St. Louis Walk of Fame
Allegations by Tina Turner in her
of her abusive relationship with Turner and the
film adaptation of this
coupled with his
damaged Turner's career in the 1980s and 1990s. Addicted to cocaine and
for at least 15 years, Turner was convicted of drug offenses, serving seventeen months in prison between July 1989 and 1991. He spent the rest of the 1990s free of his addiction, but
d in 2004. Near the end of his life, he returned to live performance as a frontman and produced two albums returning to his blues roots, which were critically well received and award-winning. Turner has frequently been referred to as a 'great innovator' of Rock and Roll by contemporaries such as
. Phil Alexander (then editor-in-chief of
magazine) described Turner as 'the cornerstone of modern day rock 'n' roll'.
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Obituary (14 December 2007)
Obituary by Donald Fagen in Slate
information on Ike Turner's 1950s recordings.
interview with a 1950s acquaintance of Turner
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