R.I.P. Ike Turner

Ike Turner died Wednesday at age 76.

Turner, was born in Clarksdale, Miss., and was brought up there by his mother after his father, a minister, was beaten to death by a white mob. As a child Ike spent time at the local radio station, WROX, a hub for Delta blues performances. According to Mr. Turner’s autobiography, the D.J.s taught him how to cue up and segue records, sometimes leaving him alone on the air when he was 8 years old.

....in 1958, he heard Anna Mae Bullock, who joined the group and quickly became its focal point as Tina Turner. The band was soon renamed the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

Here's a photo retrospective.

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    my wife and i (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by cpinva on Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 11:11:22 PM EST
    are convinced that tina turner has a portrait hidden in the attic. it's the only explanation that makes sense!

    I heard Ike & Tina BEFORE I was born. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Aaron on Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 11:44:13 PM EST
    The Ike and Tina Turner Review was some of the first live music I was ever exposed to, though I have no memory of it because I was still in my mother's womb at the time, floating around in placental fluid as my mom danced to their jams in nightclubs here in St. Louis.  Or so the stories of her escapades go when she was eight months pregnant with me.  

    Luckily I wasn't exposed to Zeppelin until I was a toddler, all I remember about those experiences is that the music was so loud it hurt my ears.  :-)

    It seems Ike redeemed himself later in life, but I have to wonder whether Tina will mourn his death, or throw a party, given the abuse she suffered at his hands.

    I love TIna (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jgarza on Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 12:03:26 AM EST
    Turner.  No comment on Ike

    Ike... (none / 0) (#4)
    by TomStewart on Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 02:34:44 AM EST
    Should never have left that good job in the city.

    Goodbye Ike... (none / 0) (#5)
    by desertswine on Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 09:52:13 AM EST
    "I know what I am in my heart. And I know regardless of what I've done, good and bad, it took it all to make me what I am today."

    Yes, he was a great musician... (none / 0) (#6)
    by ctrenta on Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 11:36:19 AM EST

    ... but that doesn't excuse him for domestic violence. There is no excuse for domestic violence, no matter how famous or well-liked.