Ike Turner

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R&B Singer
Date of Birth November 5, 1931
Place of Birth Clarksdale, Mississippi
Date of Death Dec 12, 2007 (76)
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Ike Turner

Izear Luster "Ike" Turner Jr. was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with his then-wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Turner began playing piano and guitar as a child, then formed a group, the Kings of Rhythm, as a teenager. He employed the group as his backing band for the rest of his life. His first recording, "Rocket 88", is considered a contender for the distinction of "first rock and roll song". During the 1950s, Turner also worked as a talent scout and producer for Sun Records and Modern Records. He was instrumental in the early careers of various blues musicians, such as B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Bobby "Blue" Bland. When Turner relocated to East St. Louis in 1954, his Kings of Rhythm became one of the most renowned acts on the local club circuit. There, he met Ann Bullock who he renamed Tina Turner.

Birth name: Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Also known as: Ike Wister Turner, Icky Renrut, Lover Boy
Born: November 5, 1931, Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: December 12, 2007, San Marcos, California, U.S.
Genres: R&B, Memphis blues, soul blues, blues rock, rock and roll, funk
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, record producer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout
Instruments: Guitar, piano, organ, vocals
Years active: 1940s–2007
Labels: Chess, Cobra, Flair, Federal, King, Modern, RPM, Sun, Sue, Sonja
Associated acts: Kings of Rhythm, Ike & Tina Turner, Tina Turner, The Ikettes
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About Ike Turner

Bandleader, singer, songwriter, and producer who worked in many different genres, like funk and blues. He released "Rocket 88."

Before Fame

He saw his father killed by a white mob and later endured abuse by his alcoholic stepfather. His first group was the rhythm ensemble The Tophatters.


He had a dangerous relationship with cocaine and other drugs.

Family Life

He was married six times: first to Lorraine Taylor, then to Bonnie Mae Wilson, to Tina Turner, to Margaret Ann Thomas, to Jeanette Bazzell, and finally to Audrey Madison. He had a total of seven children.


He inspired many of his contemporaries like Little Richard.

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