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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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