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Ike Turner

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R&B Legend Ike Turner, 1931-2007

Ike Turner, the soul-music star and rock 'n' roll pioneer, died this week. He was 76, and had reportedly suffered from emphysema. Turner shaped the sound of early rock 'n' roll, co-writing and playing piano on the 1951 song "Rocket 88." (He was the "Jackie Brenston" of Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats.) Then, in 1958, he discovered a singer named Anna Mae Bullock; before long, she and his band both had new names, and the Ike and Tina Turner Revue became one of the hottest acts of the '60s and early '70s.


Producer and Musician Ike Turner

In 1991, Turner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His 1951 hit "Rocket '88" is considered by some to be the first true rock n' roll recording. He discovered Tina Turner (then known as Anna Mae Bullock), and the two started performing together. Their stormy relationship was portrayed in the film "What's Love Got to Do with It." Turner spent 18 months in jail for drug charges in the early 1990s.


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The Early Years of Ike Turner

Rock Historian Ed Ward looks back at Ike Turner's career before Tina, when he secured his place in American Pop music history.


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