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Ike Wister Turner (November 5, 1931 - December 12, 2007) was an American guitarist, pianist, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer. Considered to be one of the fathers of rock and roll, his first recording, “Rocket 88” (incorrectly credited to “Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats”) in 1951, is considered by some to be the “first rock and roll song” ever. Turner is probably best known for his work with his ex-wife, Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner revue. In a career that lasted half a century, Ike’s repertoire included , , , and . He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (with Tina). Turner won two Grammy Awards.

Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on November 5, 1931, to Beatrice Cushenberry, a seamstress, and Izear Luster Turner, a Baptist minister. Ike got his first taste the music business at the age of eight, helping the DJ at a local Clarksdale radio station, WROX.

Turner was soon carrying amplifiers for blues singer Robert Nighthawk, who often played live on WROX. Growing up, Turner’s idol Pinetop Perkins helped teach the young Ike to play on the piano. Ike soon was enamored of other blues artists such as Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Charley Booker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Little Walter.

Ike Turner’s actual music career began in earnest in the late-1940s where he formed a group he christened Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm.


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  • mahspears

    Chris Brown's biggest idol.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    Was there at the beginning. Rocket 88.

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • i_love_mangos

    smh @ these comments....... but musical genius and "baggage" being connected to an artist are common patterns in music......very unfortunate

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    Guy played a lethal guitar, ran one of the most successful R&B groups ever, and married the reigning queen of rock, then lost her because of his lousy behavior. Definitely one of the giants of guitar, be it R&B or rock.

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • SantiagoOo

    Underrated pioneer of rock-'n-roll [2]

    19 Jun 2011 Reply


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  • bonekhan

    Criminally underrated.

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
  • NilsHolgersson

    Underrated pioneer of rock-'n-roll.

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • OotoriJaz

    wasnt this the guy who beat the crap out of tina?

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • oseland

    Hope you rot in hell,Gertrude_1. Place you deserve to be. Decent taste in music but she was judgmental.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Batiste369

    Ike Turner=Chris Brown before Chris Brown=Chris Brown (If that makes sense)

    8 Aug 2009 Reply
  • cyrone

    Ike didn't beat Tina, she kept falling out of the basement !

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • DrNiebla

    He, he. Is he still hitting and kicking chicks?

    29 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jgreer3000

    Say what you want about Ike and his personal life but he was a true pioneer.

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • zachwernicke

    yeah tyou casn tell in his eye he was a complete asshole.

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • lovesharon

    Rest In Peace. He had incredible dedication and so much passion for his music.

    13 Dec 2007 Reply
  • KittyCatXXX

    RIP, He left behide an amazing body of work.

    13 Dec 2007 Reply
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    13 Dec 2007 Reply
  • MrStyle

    The Founder baby!

    22 Aug 2007 Reply
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