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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 04:56 PM
OK, I had to break my self imposed radio silence to break this news.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071212/ap_en_mu/obit_turner;_ylt=AoQKheGrZRtAI wDDuNC9UF3BaMYA

Musician Ike Turner dies at 76

SAN DIEGO - Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife and icon Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.

"He did pass away this morning" at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner's musical career.

There was no immediate word on the cause of death, which was first reported by celebrity Web site TMZ.com.

Turner managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in his later years, touring around the globe with his band the Kings of Rhythm and drawing critical acclaim for his work. He won a Grammy in 2007 in the traditional blues album category for "Risin' With the Blues."

But his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, wife-abusing husband of Tina Turner. He was hauntingly portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the movie "What's Love Got To Do With It," based on Tina Turner's autobiography.

In a 2001 interview with The Associated Press, Turner denied his ex-wife's claims of abuse and expressed frustration that he had been demonized in the media, adding that his historic role in rock's beginnings had been ignored.

"You can go ask Snoop Dogg or Eminem, you can ask the Rolling Stones or (Eric) Clapton, or you can ask anybody anybody, they all know my contribution to music, but it hasn't been in print about what I've done or what I've contributed until now," he said.

Turner, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is credited by many rock historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record, "Rocket 88," in 1951. Produced by the legendary Sam Phillips, it was groundbreaking for its use of distorted electric guitar.

But as would be the case for most of his career, Turner, a prolific session guitarist and piano player, was not the star on the record it was recorded with Turner's band but credited to singer Jackie Brenston.

And it would be another singer a young woman named Anna Mae Bullock who would bring Turner his greatest fame, and infamy.

Turner met the 18-year-old Bullock, whom he would later marry, in 1959 and quickly made the husky-voiced singer the lead singer of his group, refashioning her into the sexy Tina Turner. Her stage persona was highlighted by short skirts and stiletto heels that made her legs her most visible asset. But despite the glamorous image, she still sang with the grit and fervor of a rock singer with a twist of soul.

The pair would have two sons. They also produced a string of hits. The first, "A Fool In Love," was a top R&B song in 1959, and others followed, including "I Idolize You" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine."

But over the years they're genre-defying sound would make them favorites on the rock 'n' roll scene, as they opened for acts like the Rolling Stones.

The densely layered hit "River Deep, Mountain High" was one of producer Phil Spector's proudest creations. A rousing version of "Proud Mary," a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit, became their signature song and won them a Grammy for best R&B vocal performance by a group.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 04:58 PM
I just heard the news. I just hope Bobo is up there tonight watching a heck of a show!!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 05:02 PM
Guess he's gettin' in that Rocket 88 and headin' up to heaven.

I had the pleasure to see him perform several years ago at Birmingham's City Stages. He gave a good show. I overheard a pundit ask, "what did Ike Turner ever make?" I couldn't resist replying, "Tina Turner"!

With all the talk about who was the King of Rock and Roll or who invented Rock and Roll - I always thought Ike got a little overlooked.

Try to be good up there. Say, "hello" to Bobo if you see him.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 05:10 PM
Yeah she's straight, just won't wait. Everybody likes my Rocket 88...

RIP Ike

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 05:59 PM
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Guess he's gettin' in that Rocket 88 and headin' up to heaven.

I had the pleasure to see him perform several years ago at Birmingham's City Stages. He gave a good show. I overheard a pundit ask, "what did Ike Turner ever make?" I couldn't resist replying, "Tina Turner"!

With all the talk about who was the King of Rock and Roll or who invented Rock and Roll - I always thought Ike got a little overlooked.

Try to be good up there. Say, "hello" to Bobo if you see him.


I read one story about an underage Elvis sneaking into blues clubs to learn from Ike.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 06:20 PM
Real sorry to hear about Ike Turner passing. I remember seeing Ike and Tina back in the day, what a show. And Ike Turner was one of the originators of Rock n' Rolll. I think "Rocket 88" might have been THE first "rock n'roll' record. Ike might have been rough, but he was "old school" rough. And Tina would have never been the artist she was without going through the "Ike Turner" bootcamp. RIP Ike.

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 06:33 PM
RIP Ike....

My fave song by Ike and Tina..."Mosquitos Tweeter"....

Talk about funky....

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 07:03 PM
Maybe Tina can finally get a good nights sleep.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 07:52 PM
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Ike might have been rough, but he was "old school" rough. And Tina would have never been the artist she was without going through the "Ike Turner" bootcamp. RIP Ike.



Is this the "Ike Turner" bootcamp you were speaking of :

Ike acted as the group's manager and musical director, calling all the shots and ruling the act - and Tina - with an iron fist. While a fine musician and an early rock and roll influence, Ike's control of the Revue's management, recording contracts and performances eventually led to their decline as his drug abuse worsened. This controlling (and often violent) atmosphere caused the musicians and backup singers to come and go frequently, and Tina later reported being isolated and physically abused by Ike on a regular basis for most of their marriage.Tina walked away with no money or property, retaining only the use of the stage name Ike had given her, and assuming responsibility for the huge debts incurred by the cancelled tour, as well as a significant IRS lien.

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.

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. Since being released from prison in 1993, Turner had maintained sobriety and continued playing music.

In an October 17, 2007 telephone interview conducted by satellite radio personality Howard Stern, Ike claimed he and Tina Turner were never actually married, though he didn't explain why they shared the same last name.


Ike and Tina Turner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMi61NkrXY

Rocket 88 (Original Version) - Ike Turner/Jackie Brenston
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbfnh1oVTk0

IKE TURNER - Live - "I want to take you higher"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFFKT-xvBlk

I hope he turned his life around somewhat in his later years...R.I.P. Ike


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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 07:54 PM
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Ike might have been rough, but he was "old school" rough. And Tina would have never been the artist she was without going through the "Ike Turner" bootcamp. RIP Ike.

Is this the "Ike Turner" bootcamp you were speaking of :

Ike acted as the group's manager and musical director, calling all the shots and ruling the act - and Tina - with an iron fist. While a fine musician and an early rock and roll influence, Ike's control of the Revue's management, recording contracts and performances eventually led to their decline as his drug abuse worsened. This controlling (and often violent) atmosphere caused the musicians and backup singers to come and go frequently, and Tina later reported being isolated and physically abused by Ike on a regular basis for most of their marriage.
yeah - not so fond of Ike as a person but he knew music

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 08:17 PM
About 3 years ago my wife and I went to a small club here in Edmonton called " Sidetrack Cafe " ( It was beside the railway tracks ) to see Ike Turner , we had seen him before so we knew what a great night we were going to have . When we arrived at the " Track " the place was very full , the only table available was right beside the stage with a reserved sign on it , so we went straight to that table and sat down fully expecting to be asked to find another table , when we got to the table there were two 8 by 10 photos of Ike sitting on the table , so here we are with great seats as well as two great photos , so we thought OK no way can we sit here , well the waitress came up to us and asked what we were drinking , we ordered some drinks and watched a fantastic show Ike had a woman with him who was amazing , I kinda got the feel what it must have been like back in the day with Tina singing with him , it really was a great show at this small club with about 150 people in it . We were having a lot of fun and Ike looked over at us several times and smiled , he enjoyed our enthusiasm , after the show I took those two photos back stage and he signed them , one for my son and one for me , he wrote LOVE and then signed them , I'm looking at one of them at this moment , what a night .

R.I P. you were an originator .

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 08:51 PM
I know the man had demons, don't we all, but he was a true founder of R&R music. He also made a huge impression on other types of music. RIP IKE!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 09:07 PM
RIP Ike, keep your pimp hand strong.
 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 09:34 PM
Musician Ike Turner dies at 76

But his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, wife-abusing husband of Tina Turner.
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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 11:01 PM
RIP IKE...................

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 11:39 PM
I really liked Ike back with Tina! Especially CCRs version of Proud Mary! R.I.P. Ike!
 

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  posted on 12/13/2007 at 12:28 AM
r.i.p. ike.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2007 at 01:03 AM
I'm pretty sure Ike had a blues release in just the past several months. I don't know how his life has been recently but he looked very good. Hope Ike went out a happy man.
RIP Ike

 

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