Ike Turner
American musician
Ike Turner
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.
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A Black History Month Lesson From Beyoncé and Jay Z
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Lifetime kicked off Black History Month with The Gabby Douglas Story, in which the Olympian says Beyoncé inspired her. Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z's usual notoriety has been eclipsed lately by heated reactions to Bey's new album and to the couple's Grammys performance, which sparked questions about Beyoncé's feminist status and charges that the song "Drunk in Love" endorses domestic violence. What lessons can Beyoncé and Jay Z offer us as we enter Black History Month? The recent criticism of this influential pair can help move us toward a more complex understanding of how race, class, and gender intersect in contemporary popular culture. We've asked some seemingly disparate questions about these two: How can Bey reconcile her "Gender Equality Is a Myth!" essay and her sample of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be feminists" TEDx talk with her hypersexualized look? Does she qualify as a feminist when "Drunk in Love" includes an apparent nod to domestic violence when Ja ...
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Super Bowl a 'sex-trafficking magnet' but entertainment world silent about abuse of women
Fox News - about 3 years
"I'm Ike Turner, turn up / Baby know I don't play / Now eat the cake, Anna Mae," crooned Jay-Z during last Sunday's Grammys performance.
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Backup Singers and the Divided Soul
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A few nights ago I attended a Los Angeles screening of "20 Feet from Stardom." It's rare that a documentary inspires the audience to cheer, clap and sing along, but this one did. It tells the story of the great backup singers -- Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others --who have been the unheralded powerhouses of American pop music for over fifty years. It's not a perfect film. In fact, it's a bit of a mess. With such a sprawling story to tell and so many characters to follow, director Morgan Neville seems to have given up on making choices or finding a coherent structure; he pretty much throws everything into the hopper, and it spills out chaotically. And, through no fault of his, there's a lot of music missing, evidently because the star singers or their estates withheld permission. (We hear all about Judith Hill's big moment singing at Michael Jackson's funeral, and you can see it all over YouTube, but not here.) But the film works anyway. The music and the story ...
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How Some Of The World's Most Successful People Discovered Their Spiritual Side
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a 1967 interview, "What I Believe," John Lennon opened up to the world about how he discovered God. "You don't have to have a great faith or anything. The whole thing is so simple -- as though it's too marvelous to be true," Lennon said of discovering Transcendental Meditation in India with guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, during the interview with The Daily Sketch. "I don't and never did imagine God as one thing. But now I can see God as a power source, or as an energy." Lennon went on to say, "It's all like one big jelly. We're all in the big jelly." Now, with nearly one in five Americans identifying as "spiritual but not religious," and countless successful people in a range of professions saying that meditation is their greatest secret to success, some of America's most beloved public figures and successful business leaders are following suit, opening up about their first "big jelly" moments of spiritual awakening -- and telling the world why they believe. Here are 10 amazing sp ...
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18 Vintage Celebrity Photos That Will Make You Want To Party Like It's 1979
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Betty White was still the coolest, rock stars played sports together and The Beatles hung out with The Rolling Stones. Here are 18 images that will take you back to the days of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Can you dig it? Clint Eastwood and Ethel Kennedy during 6th Annual RFK Tennis Tournament at Forest Hills in New York City, 1977. David Bowie and Cher perform a duet on the music/variety television show, 1975. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Arrive at Heathrow Airport, 1970. Elton John poses for a portrait with the rock band 'Kiss' in full regalia, 1977. Musicians Leif Garrett, Joan Jett, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson attend First Annual Rock and Roll Celebrity Sports Classic, 1977. Paul and Linda McCartney backstage with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman at a Rolling Stones concert at The Palladium, 1978. Ike Turner and Tina Turner at a party in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1972. Dustin Hoffman and mother during "Kramer vs. Kramer" New York City Premiere, 1979. John Travo ...
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Video: Jon Stewart blasts CNN's coverage of Washington Navy Yard shooting
LATimes - over 3 years
A day after the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting, Jon Stewart delivered a scathing critique of CNN's coverage of the event, arguing that sloppy, speculative reporting has become as depressingly predictable as these bloody rampages.  " For every all too familiar American tragedy, you can be sure the news will exacerbate it with yet another Force 5 Wrongnado," Stewart quipped Tuesday on "The Daily Show."  Although this time around CNN managed to avoid any obviously inaccurate reporting, there was still plenty for Stewart to get worked up about, such as anchor Wolf Blitzer, who wondered what the shooter's all-black ensemble might say about his possible motive and even warned viewers that some of the on-air speculation may not prove accurate. " I know you think that saying this could all be wrong makes it OK, but it doesn't make it OK," Stewart said.  Nor did he believe the chaos was an unavoidable byproduct of breaking news coverage because, as he put it, "Sadly, the one thing ...
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WATCH: Tina Turner Recalls Horrifying Moment With Ike
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anna Mae Bullock's life changed forever when Ike Turner, the lead singer of a popular St. Louis band, brought her on stage and handed her a microphone. Ike knew he'd found a star, and after Anna recorded the song "A Fool in Love," he changed her name to Tina Turner. Though the two later married, Tina explains in this video clip from "Oprah's Next Chapter" that Ike had a dark motive for the name change. "If I ran away, Tina was his name," Tina says. "It was patented, as you call it." "So he could own you," Oprah says. "So he could own me," Tina says. "Ike was smart. He wasn't an educated smart man, but he had common sense." In the interview, Tina also recalls when things started to turn physical with Ike. "I started to feel something, and he started to touch me," she says. "I really didn't like it because that was my brother -- that was my friend." Though it may have looked like it from an outsider's perspective, Tina explains that she wasn't Ike's girlfriend a ...
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Grammys Finally Include New Group In Awards
Huffington Post - about 4 years
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Music teachers are now eligible for a Grammy honor of their own. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says the group has established a music educator award that will be presented for the first time next year. Portnow announced the new award Thursday at the Grammy Foundation's 15th annual Music Preservation Project event at the Saban Theatre. "We're dedicated to preserving the great music of the past, present and future," he said. "Music education is perhaps the most vital part of the Grammy Foundation's mission." Kindergarten through college teachers are eligible for the new annual award, which will be presented at a special ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards. Students and colleagues can nominate candidates online. Thursday's event, dubbed "Play it Forward," featured performances by Dionne Warwick, LeAnn Rimes, Emmylou Harris, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Yolanda Adams and Lupe Fiasco, who is up for best rap albu ...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Born in November Playlist
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Booker T. (& The MG's) Song: Chinese Checkers (Single Version) Album: The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's Genre: R&B/Soul Buy: iTunes.com Jeff Buckley Song: Forget Her Album: So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Compay Segundo Song: Juramento Album: 42 Essential Cuban Songs by Compay Segundo Genre: World/Latin Buy: iTunes.com Billy Strayhorn Song: A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing Album: Piano Passion Genre: Jazz Buy: iTunes.com Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads) Song: Memories Can't Wait Album: Fear of Music (Remastered) Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night) Song: Mama Told Me (Not to Come) Album: Album: Celebrate-The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975 Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Percy Sledge Song: Out of Left Field Album: The Best of Percy Sledge Genre: R&B/Soul Buy: iTunes.com Roxan ...
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Myrdith Leon Mccormack: Falling for Vanessa Bell Calloway At ABFF
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Since the age of six, I knew what I wanted to be. Fashion, beauty... you name it. I wanted to be in the midst of it all. I recall pulling pictures from magazines of Beverly Johnson, Iman, Brooke Shields, Cheryl Tiegs, and Lauren Hutton. To know and be able to identify your place in life at an early age is quite rewarding. The challenge is laying out the plan that will get you to your final destination. You must strategize your every move, so that your path is clear. For people of color, it has never been an easy path. From the beginning, our roads have been paved with hardship, difficulty, and for some, ultimately success. So, when I meet a person of color that has been able to jump through the hurdles of life, and to come out with minor bruises, I applaud them. When I met Vanessa Bell Calloway, I wanted to give her a standing ovation. She is an extraordinary actress, dancer, philanthropist, motivator, mentor, wife, and mother. Being an actor is not a mere job you obtain ...
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Why I’ve Turned Off iTunes Match On My iPhone
CIO Advice - over 4 years
A few exciting words from Apple’s iTunes Match Web page: “With iTunes Match, all your music — even songs you’ve imported from CDs — can be stored in iCloud. So you can access your music from all your devices and listen to your entire library, wherever you are.” read more
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House Mother Kanye Denies There’s Some Ike Turner In His System
Crunktastical - almost 5 years
Kanye and Alexis back in 2007 Why can’t mother Kanye Omari Pilar Maricarmen Consuela Elosie Sanchez Rose Kardashian just keep a black and white composition pad diary like the rest of us? The ballroom legend is rapping again to clear up tea in the streets that he regularly did half twist backhand springs to the face of ex-fiancée Alexis Phifer during their relationship. PHOTOS: Kanye Keeps Up With The Kardashians At Restaurant Opening “The media crucify me like they did Christ / They wanna find me not breathing like they found Mike,” ‘Ye raps on the new G.O.O.D. Music “I Don’t Like” remix. “A girl will run her mouth only out of spite / But I never hit a woman, never in my life.” This follows a report published last month via In Touch Weekly that Kanye allegedly “with all his force” pushed Phifer into the bushes at a Fourth of July party after she found a nude photo of Kim Kardashian in his phone. My question is why did Kim even bother sending it, like we all haven’t se ...
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Why I’ve Turned My Back On Adidas For Nike
Sabotage Times - almost 5 years
Adidas are killing their brand with every new range that comes out, but the Nike swoosh still gives me that feeling of nostalgia.
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Bobbi Kristina Wants to Play Mom in Biopic
Eur Web - almost 5 years
*The New York Post is reporting that Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina told friends that she would like to portray her mother in the upcoming film biopic. Recent reports have circulated that Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Brandy are all currently under consideration for the role.  According to TMZ, Bobbi Kristina told friends that she believes she’s the “perfect person” to play her late mother in a biographical film, because “no one knew her better.” Clive Davis, record label executive and long-time friend of Houston, had been working on a possible biopic even before the singer’s untimely death in February at age 48. A source recently told People UK, “Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead. It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It,’ which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.” In a recent interview with O ...
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PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Steve 'Lightnin'' Malcolm tours and plays the blues - Pittsburg Morning Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Malcolm's love of the blues led him to Mississippi, and he makes his home off the road in Clarksdale, Miss., which was also the home of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Ike Turner. He's sad he was born too late to meet some of his musical heroes,
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Howlin' Wolf Blues Fest to host multiple award-winners - The Commercial Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Gussow and friends will be joined by Delta guitarist Shine, who played with Sam Carr's band and is a cousin of Ike Turner's, noted Ramsey. The Howlin' Wolf Blues Society of West Point hosts this yearly tribute to its native son, Chester Arthur Burnett
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Dictator chic: gold, murals, objects in their image - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Rock 'n' roll legend has it that, during the Sixties, a record executive was invited to the baroque mansion of singer Ike Turner. Observing the mirrored ceilings, whale-shaped television and waterfall in the living room, he was moved to
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Nick Waterhouse: The Young Man Who Makes Old R&B - LA Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Everything feels like 1961, as if this equipment were poised to record a rock & roll single to finally bounce Ike Turner and His Rhythm Kings from the top of the charts. The guy in charge of the recording session looks as if he's stepped out of the
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The Prefix Power Rankings: Male R&B Singers - Prefixmag
Google News - over 5 years
Chris, you couldn't keep yourself from going Ike Turner on everybody and having a full-blown career meltdown to the point that in the future we will know exactly what somebody means when they say that someone is “pulling a Chris Brown
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ike Turner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 75
    Turner died on December 12, 2007, at the age of 76, at his home in San Marcos, California, near San Diego. He was found dead by his former wife Ann Thomas. Rasool was also in the house and administered CPR. Turner was pronounced dead at 11:38 a.m. The funeral was held on December 22, 2007, at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California.
    More Details Hide Details Among those who spoke at the funeral were Little Richard, Solomon Burke and Phil Spector. The Kings of Rhythm played versions of "Rocket 88" and "Proud Mary". Turner was cremated after the funeral service. On January 16, 2008, it was reported by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office that Turner had 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. His daughter Mia was said to be surprised at the coroner's assessment, believing his advanced stage emphysema was a bigger factor. On August 5, 2010, Turner was posthumously recognized by his Mississippi hometown. Clarksdale officials and music fans gathered to unveil two markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail in downtown Clarksdale honoring Turner and his musical legacy. On June 6, 2015, Turner was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
    In the weeks leading up to his death, Turner became reclusive. On December 10, 2007, he told personal assistant Falina Rasool that he believed he was dying and would not make it to Christmas.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The medicine is most commonly used as treatment for bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Ex-wife Audrey Madison claims Turner was bipolar and that she was helping him with his illness, a claim supported by Turner's personal assistant and caretaker, Falina Rasool. Rasool says she talked about his bipolar disorder with Turner many times and witnessed its effects: However, Turner's daughter Mia Turner rejected this diagnosis, saying that the medication was unnecessary: "Daddy is not bipolar... He was so heavily medicated. He could hardly speak. He was double stepping and walking sideways." Turner grew up playing boogie woogie piano, which he learned from Pinetop Perkins. In his professional career, he originally worked in the style of 1950s R&B, or post-jump blues. Though primarily known as a guitarist, Turner began his career playing piano and personally considered it his main instrument. He decided he was not meant to be a frontman when at 12 years old he was coerced into giving a piano recital at high school. He found the experience terrifying and from then on preferred to be in the background, controlling every aspect of the music and choreography, but not being the focus of attention. At most times in The Ike & Tina Turner Revue he played with his back to the audience. Donald Fagen has written: "Talented as he was, there wasn't anything really supernatural about Ike's skills as a musician...
  • 2006
    Age 74
    In 2006, he married Audrey Madison.
    More Details Hide Details She divorced him, but reconciled with him before his death. He had six children: sons Ike Jr. and Michael (with Lorraine Taylor), Ronald/"Ronnie" (with Tina Turner), and daughter Mia (with Margaret Ann Thomas). Mia Turner was conceived and born during Ike's marriage to Tina in the late 1960s. Tina's son Craig (fathered by saxophonist Raymond Hill) carries the Turner name. Ike Turner has two other daughters: Linda Trippeter, the eldest and Twanna Turner Melby, who took him in after he was released from prison. Turner claimed that he was first introduced to cocaine around 1960, when he was given some to try by "two very famous people I'd been working with in Las Vegas at the same hotel". Daughter Twanna Turner and son Ronnie expressed the opinion that Turner's introduction to drugs was "a set-up"; an attempt to undermine him by those in the music industry who were jealous of his success and who wanted to make use of Tina Turner's talents themselves. By 1970, Turner was heavily addicted to the drug, buying it in large quantities. He claimed that, in the early seventies, he spent $56,000 a month buying cocaine (although not all for his personal use). In a 2001 interview with Caroline Graham of The Mail on Sunday, Turner estimated that he had spent $11 million on cocaine. In 1986, he acknowledged that he had been addicted to cocaine for 15 years.
    In 2006, he won his first solo Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for the album Risin' With the Blues, which was mixed at Future Sound Studios by Rene Van Verseveld.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details After the release of the film and Turner's drug conviction, the fictionalized version of Turner from the movie was seized on by comedians, who reused it in sketches. On the 1990s sketch comedy show In Living Color, Turner was parodied by David Alan Grier. In one skit, he sang a parody of Tina's song "What's Love Got to Do with It", in which he sings proudly of his abusive personality. The video also parodies Tina's video: whereas in her video Tina walks around stopping couples who are fighting, Ike walks around to couples and gives the men weapons. He was portrayed on Saturday Night Lives Weekend Update by Tim Meadows in a pageboy wig. This incarnation of Turner is played as desperate, making verbally derisive remarks to Kevin Nealon, later trying to win back Kevin's "love" with gifts and a cake, and finally shoving Kevin's face into the cake. On the John Boy and Billy radio show, cast member Jeff Pillars regularly performed an impersonation of Turner in a segment called "Ax/Ask Ike". He offered advice on interpersonal relationships, which always resulted in him giving inappropriate and humorous advice. These sketches were collected in a 2008 comedy album Ike at the Mike.
  • 2005
    Age 73
    Turner also performed the track at the live show at the Manchester Opera House from November 1–5, 2005; his performance was released on the DVD "Demon Days: Live at the Manchester Opera House.
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    In 2005, Turner revealed he had been diagnosed with emphysema and in his last years was extremely weak, having to use an oxygen tank.
    More Details Hide Details His daughter Mia Turner said, "He was too weak from the emphysema to do anything. He'd go in the studio for a couple of minutes and play a couple of bars and say he had to go lay down." Despite his ill health, he appeared on the Gorillaz' album, Demon Days, playing piano on the track "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead".
    In February 2005, Fender manufactured a limited edition Ike Turner Tribute Stratocaster.
    More Details Hide Details The model has an alder body in Sonic Blue with an Ike Turner signature in gold ink on the body under the clear-coat, with a maple neck in a 1960s "C" shape with a rosewood fingerboard, with 21 vintage frets. It had three custom single coil 1960s Strat pickups. Only 100 specimens were made, retailing at $3,399.99. Robert Palmer wrote, "perhaps he Turner played the behind-the-scenes Svengali too seamlessly for his own good. To the fans who bought the records and concert tickets, his contribution was practically invisible. With his creative work of the '50s largely forgotten and his more recent efforts overshadowed by Tina's larger-than-life presence, he was easily dismissed as a purely exploitative figure riding on his wife's coattails." However, to contemporaries and blues fans Turner's contribution to music was substantial. Johnny Otis said, "Ike Turner is a very important man in American music. The texture and flavor of R & B owe a lot to him. He defined how to put the Fender bass into that music. He was a great innovator." B.B. King was a great admirer of Turner, describing him as "The best bandleader I've ever seen". Turner was also a big influence on contemporary Little Richard, who said in the introduction to Turner's autobiography, "Before all these people Ike Turner was doing his thing. He is the innovator." Richard was inspired to learn to play the piano by Rocket 88 and borrowed the introduction for his hit Good Golly Miss Molly.
  • 2003
    Age 71
    In September 2003, the PBS documentary series Martin Scorsese's The Blues included interviews and performances by Turner.
    More Details Hide Details He was featured in the episodes "The Road to Memphis" and "Godfathers and Sons".
  • 2001
    Age 69
    Turner was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 for his album Here & Now.
    More Details Hide Details He was awarded with a Heroes Award from the Memphis charter of NARAS in 2004.
    Turner's work on the tour led to his recording and releasing the 2001 Grammy-nominated Here & Now album.
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    The positive response to the tour encouraged Turner to reform the Kings of Rhythm, taking them on a US tour in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The group headlined a showcase at South by Southwest and were hailed as one of the highlights of the conference. His new wife Jeanette was Ike's lead singer.
  • 1997
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Walker paid him $5,000 a night for six songs.
  • 1996
    Age 64
    In a 1996 radio interview, he repeated the claim that the two had never been married, and also claimed that Tina's name had originally been Martha Nell (not Anna Mae) Bullock.
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  • 1995
    Age 63
    In 1995, after years of courtship, he married Jeanette Bazzell. Ike and Jeanette divorced in 2001, but remained friends.
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  • 1993
    Age 61
    In 1993 Salt-n-Pepa sampled his Ikettes hit "I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)" for their 1993 single Shoop.
    More Details Hide Details The track went to No. 4 in the Billboard Hot 100, earning him around half a million dollars in royalties. He rerecorded the song in a duet style with singer Billy Rogers. Produced by Rogers, the remake received favourable reviews. He also appeared on the song "Love Gravy" with Rick James on the album Chef Aid: The South Park Album, the soundtrack to the TV series South Park.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 59
    In 1991, while he remained in prison, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which Spector accepted on their behalf.
    More Details Hide Details Released from prison, Turner said he was nervous about returning to performing, but had plans to return to the studio. He sold 20 unreleased Ike & Tina Turner recordings to independent label Esquire Records.
    Turner completed 18 months of his sentence before being released on parole in September 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Larry Kamien, associate warden of the California Men's Colony, said Turner was a model inmate. In prison he became a trustee working in the library and saved up $13,000 by selling cigarettes, candy bars and coffee to other inmates. He played music with other inmates and wrote 15 new songs that he was planning to record when he was released.
  • 1990
    Age 58
    On February 16, 1990, he was sentenced to four years in a California prison for cocaine possession.
    More Details Hide Details He was incarcerated at the minimum security California Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo.
  • 1987
    Age 55
    In January 1987, he was arrested for trying to sell 10 ounces of cocaine to an undercover police officer.
    More Details Hide Details He pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell the drug and not guilty to other counts.
  • 1985
    Age 53
    Turner claimed on more than one occasion that he had never been officially married to Bullock. In an 1985 interview with Spin Magazine, Turner stated: "As God is my judge, of all my wives, Tina is the only one I was never legally married to."
    More Details Hide Details He stated that she took his name in order to discourage a former lover from returning to her. In his autobiography, Turner wrote "We didn't recognize marriages", which Margaret Moser believes "is true by the rural Southern standards of the times".
    Turner was arrested again on Friday, June 21, 1985, and charged with conspiracy to sell $16,000 worth of cocaine, possession and maintaining a residence for selling or using a controlled substance.
    More Details Hide Details The police took $1,000 of rock cocaine from his North Hollywood apartment. Also arrested and charged with him were Eddie Coleman Jr., 32, of Altadena, a record producer, and Richard Lee Griffin, 35, of Los Angeles, a music company writer. Turner paid a $5,000 bond and was released. A further arrest came in 1986 for cocaine possession, concealed carry of a handgun and traffic violations. Turner was released on $2,671 bail.
    By 1985, Turner's finances were in disarray and he owed the state of California $12,802 in back taxes.
    More Details Hide Details He later settled his account. He had tried to sell Bolic Sound in 1980 to raise funds to avoid foreclosure, but the studio burned down in a fire in January 1981 on the day Turner was due to show it to a potential buyer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Turner said he only fired a shot to scare him off and that the man had injured himself when he climbed over the fence to get away. A jury in 1982 found him not guilty of assault.
  • 1977
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Maxwell reported a positive working relationship with Turner. Turner admitted that his behavior had become increasingly erratic. During the 1980s he was arrested 10 times for drug and firearm offenses and was convicted on two occasions. In 1980, a SWAT team raided Bolic Sound, finding a live hand grenade and seven grams of cocaine. Turner was convicted for cocaine possession and sentenced to thirty days in the L.A. county jail with three years probation. This was Turner's first conviction.
  • 1976
    Age 44
    The facts surrounding his "marriage" to Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner), including accusations of abuse, have been very publicly debated. Tina left the relationship after another violent argument on the way to a concert in 1976. Their divorce was finalized in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details In Tina's autobiography, she accused Ike of violent spousal abuse. In a 1985 interview, Turner admitted: "Yeah I hit her, but I didn't hit her more than the average guy beats his wife... If she says I abused her, maybe I did." In his 1999 autobiography, he worded this slightly differently; "Sure, I've slapped Tina... There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her." In a 1996 interview, Turner described his and Tina's occasional actions against each other as mutually violent, saying: "As far as abusing my family or abusing her, sure – I have slapped her, she have slapped me, we just lived normal people's lives, but I guess by me having the notoriety that I have, it's been totally exaggerated."
    His partnership ended abruptly in 1976 with Tina leaving after the last in a series of violent altercations with Turner.
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  • 1974
    Age 42
    In 1974, Turner was arrested for using illegal blue boxes at Bolic to make long-distance phone calls.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the arrest, police officers spent several hours breaking through the studio's heavy security measures, as Ike worked feverishly inside trying to finish various recordings before being taken to jail. He was eventually cleared of the charges. After this the police began surveillance on the studio, believing that other illegal activities were taking place inside.
  • 1973
    Age 41
    Frank Zappa recorded the Ruben and the Jets album For Real! as well as most of his own Overnite Sensation and Apostrophe (') lps in 1973 and 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Ike and Tina's last hit, the Tina written Nutbush City Limits, was also recorded there.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The song was not a success in the States, causing Spector's retreat from the music industry, but was a big hit in Europe, reaching No. 3 in the UK singles chart. This brought the duo to the attention of Mick Jagger, who in 1966 invited them to tour with and open for The Rolling Stones, bringing them to a wider audience outside of soul. Other notable records the duo released were covers of Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want To Take You Higher" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary", and the Tina Turner-penned "Nutbush City Limits". The success of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue gave Turner the finances to create his own recording studio, the Los Angeles-based Bolic Sounds next door to his mansion in Inglewood. The studio name was a reference to Tina's maiden name, Bullock. Turner had two sixteen track studios built, a large one to rent out and a smaller one for his personal recordings. He fitted them out with state-of-the-art equipment, two 24-input 16-output mixing desks custom built by John Stephens and Daniel Flickinger, IBM mix memorizers, an early Eventide digital delay. The studios were opened for public hire in March 1972. Artists who recorded there included Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Duane Allman, Little Richard and Gayle McCormick.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 28
    In July 1960, "A Fool in Love" was released under the billing 'Ike & Tina Turner' and later became a national hit, selling a million copies and making the duo national stars.
    More Details Hide Details Turner added a backing girl group he renamed The Ikettes, and this also led to the first name change of the Kings of Rhythm as they began performing as The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Robert Palmer writes, "There was never any doubt that Tina Turner was the star... the electrifying performer audiences came to see. Ike kept his own stage presence deliberately low-key, avoiding flamboyant moves and directing the band with underplayed, economical gestures. His songwriting, production and musical direction were geared toward showcasing Tina." The duo produced five more substantial hit singles, including "Poor Fool", "I Idolize You" and a cover of the Joe Seneca track "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", which gave them their second million-seller and their first Grammy nomination.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He sent the recording to Sue Records in New York, where label owner Juggy Murray insisted on putting out the track with Bullock's vocal. Murray offered a $25,000 advance for the song, convinced it was a hit. Around the time of the recording, Anna had been pursued by Raymond Hill to join his band and leave Turner's. When Ike Turner asked her to use his last name as an attempt to discourage Hill, Anna took the offer. He then changed her first name to "Tina", completing the name change.
  • 1959
    Age 27
    Also in 1959, Turner was charged with what he described as "interstate transportation of forged checks and conspiracy" and was forced to stand trial in St. Louis.
    More Details Hide Details At the first trial, the jury failed to reach a verdict, and at the retrial a year later, Turner was found not guilty. In 1958, Turner's shows at Club Manhattan were frequently visited by an eighteen-year-old high school graduate and nurse aide, Anna Mae Bullock, whose sister Aillene was a barmaid at the club and was dating a band member. After months seeing the band, Anna asked to sing with the Kings of Rhythm, finally being given the chance to do so during an intermission. Impressed by her voice, Ike Turner invited her to join the band, giving her the stage name "Little Ann". Later that year, she sang background on Ike's song, "Box Top", for Tune Town Records, and also gave birth to band member Raymond Hill's son.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Turner released two singles on the Stevens label (#104 and #107) under the anagram, "Icky Renrut", as he was still under contract with Sun for several more months and did not want to cause friction with Phillips. He also contributed vocals and/or guitar on 5 additional Stevens singles: Johnny Wright (#101), Bobby Foster (#102 and #106), Chuck Wheeler (#103), and Little Cooper & The Drifters (#105). Additionally, Turner contributed vocals and/or guitar on numerous "lost" sessions that remained unreleased for decades. None of the Stevens singles had wide distribution when released and have since become collectible among vinyl record enthusiasts and deejays.
  • 1956
    Age 24
    In between live dates, Turner took the band to Cincinnati, to record for Federal in 1956 and Chicago for Cobra/Artistic in 1958 as well as fulfilling his contract as a session musician back at Sun.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Turner moved over to playing guitar to accommodate Annie Mae, taking lessons from Willie Kizart to improve. Turner maintained strict discipline, insisting they live in a large house with him so he could conduct early-morning rehearsals. Up until the age of 30, Turner was a teetotaler and had never taken drugs. He insisted all band members also adopt this policy and fired anyone he even suspected of breaking the rules. He also fined or physically assaulted band members if they played a wrong note and controlled everything from the arrangements down to the suits the band wore onstage. Starting off playing at a club called Kingsbury's in Madison, Illinois, within a year Turner had built up a full gig schedule, establishing his group as one of the most highly rated on the St. Louis club circuit, vying for popularity with their main competition, Sir John's Trio featuring Chuck Berry. The bands would play all-nighters in St. Louis, then cross the river to the clubs of East St. Louis, Illinois, and continue playing until dawn. In St. Louis for the first time, Turner was exposed to a developing white teenage audience who were excited by R&B. Turner played in St. Louis clubs including Club Imperial, which was popular with white teenagers, The Dynaflow, The Moonlight Lounge, Club Riviera and West End Walter's. In East St. Louis, his group played Kingsbury's, Club Manhattan and The Sportsman.
  • 1954
    Age 22
    Relocating to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1954, he built the Kings into one of the most renowned acts on the local club circuit.
    More Details Hide Details There he met singer Anna Mae Bullock, whom he 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 record labels of the 1950s and 1960s, including Chess, Modern, Trumpet, Flair and Sue. With the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, he graduated to larger labels Blue Thumb and United Artists. Throughout his career Turner won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for three others. With 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 of domestic violence by Ike, published in her autobiography I, Tina and included in the film adaptation of the book, coupled with his cocaine addiction, damaged Ike Turner's career in the 1980s and 1990s. Addicted to cocaine and crack 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 relapsed in 2004. Near the end of his life, he returned to live performance as a front man and, returning to his blues roots, produced two albums that 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 Little Richard and Johnny Otis.
  • 1953
    Age 21
    In 1953, he married pianist and singer Bonnie Mae Wilson, who was part of the Kings of Rhythm, but after two years she left him for another man.
    More Details Hide Details After Bonnie, he became involved with Annie Mae Wilson, another female pianist in the band, whom he married in the mid-1950s. His next marriage was to Lorraine Taylor, who had two sons with him.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    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".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1931.
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