Ike Turner

Born Nov 5, 1931

Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. In a career that lasted more than half a century, his repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. He is most popularly known for his 1960s work with his then wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner revue.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ike Turner.


1931 Birth Born on November 5, 1931.


1951 19 Years Old His first recording, "Rocket 88", credited to "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats", in 1951 is considered a contender for "first rock and roll song".


1953 - 1954 2 More Events
1956 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, Turner took a reformed version of the Kings of Rhythm north to St. Louis, including Kizart, Sims, O'Neal, Jessie Knight, Jr. and Turner's third wife, Annie Mae Wilson Turner, on piano and vocals. … Read More
1959 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He befriended St. Louis R&B fan Bill Stevens, who in 1959 set up the short-lived record label Stevens financed by his father Fred. … Read More
1960 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1960, Turner used Anna's voice on a recording of his self-penned song "A Fool in Love" to lay down a guide track for a male singer who did not attend the recording. … Read More


1964 32 Years Old After the duo's deal with Sue ended in 1964, Turner moved the band around to different labels, looking for the best deal and between that year and 1969 they recorded on Sonja, Warner Bros., Kent, Loma, Modern, Philles, Innis, Blue Thumb, Minit and A&M. Phil Spector sought out the duo to work with on 1965's "River Deep – Mountain High" but paid Turner $25,000 to have no creative input into the sessions. … Read More


1973 - 1974 2 More Events
1976 44 Years Old 1 More Event
His partnership ended abruptly in 1976 with Tina leaving after the last in a series of violent altercations with Turner.
1977 45 Years Old After the breakup, Turner struggled to find success as a solo artist. Holly Maxwell replaced Tina Turner on Turner's band from 1977 to 1985 and again for eight months in 1992. … Read More
1981 49 Years Old In April 1981, he was arrested for shooting a 49-year-old newspaper delivery man whom he accused of being physically and verbally abusive to his then wife, Ann Thomas and of kicking his dog. … Read More


By 1985, Turner's finances were in disarray and he owed the state of California $12,802 in back taxes. … Read More
1987 55 Years Old In January 1987, he was arrested for trying to sell 10 ounces of cocaine to an undercover police officer. … Read More
1990 58 Years Old On February 16, 1990, he was sentenced to four years in a California prison for cocaine possession. … Read More
1991 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Turner completed 18 months of his sentence before being released on parole in September 1991. … Read More


1993 - 1996 3 More Events
1997 65 Years Old Turner credited Joe Louis Walker with encouraging him to return to his roots in blues music. Turner played guitar and assisted in production on Walker's 1997 album Great Guitars and toured internationally with him. … Read More
The positive response to the tour encouraged Turner to reform the Kings of Rhythm, taking them on a US tour in 2001. … Read More
2003 71 Years Old In September 2003, the PBS documentary series Martin Scorsese's The Blues included interviews and performances by Turner. … Read More
…  In February 2005, Fender manufactured a limited edition Ike Turner Tribute Stratocaster. … Read More
…  In 2006, Vibe named the character of Ike Turner from What's Love Got To Do With It at number 4 in their list of the 20 best movie "bad guys". … Read More
In the year before his death he was hospitalized several times after accidentally falling. After his death in December 2007 from a cocaine overdose, Turner's autopsy and toxicology report showed he was taking Seroquel at the time of his death. … Read More
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