Ike Turner Dies at Age 76

From www.news.com.au:

Rock legend Ike Turner dies at age 76

By Bob Tourtellotte in Los Angeles

Ike & Tina Turner
Ike Turner, musician and ex-husband of singer Tina Turner, has died at the age of 76, his manager says.

Turner, who rose to fame in the 1950s and became a star performing with his ex-wife Tina Turner, died at age 76.

"Ike Turner passed away this morning. He was at his home," in San Marcos, California, outside San Diego, said Scott Hanover of Thrill Entertainment.

Mr Hanover did not have any further information about the cause of death.

Turner helped pioneer rock 'n' roll in 1951 when his band, The Rhythm Kings, recorded the song "Rocket 88," a tune widely regarded as the first record in the nascent genre.

The Chess Records release was credited to the band's saxophone player Jackie Brenston "and his Delta Cats."

As a guitarist and pianist, Turner played with the likes of B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon in the 1950s.

He married Annie Mae Bullock in 1958, she changed her name to Tina, and they enjoyed such hits as "River Deep," "Mountain High," "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits." The pair won a Grammy in 1972 for "Proud Mary," and earlier this year Ike Turner was awarded again with the record industry's top honor for his traditional blues album, Risin' with the Blues.

After his and Tina Turner's 1976 divorce, Ike Turner was crippled by a cocaine addiction and was widely vilified in the mid-1980s as Tina Turner mounted a huge comeback and said she had suffered abuse and humiliation at his hand.

While contemporaries such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley crossed over to white audiences, Ike Turner never made the jump and was confined to the less-lucrative R&B category.

The Turners were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

Actor Laurence Fishburne portrayed him in the movie "What's Love Got To Do With It," based on Tina Turner's autobiography.

[Published on: 12/12/07]

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acomma Wed 12/12/2007 03:42PM
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acomma

RIP Ike. I'm sure you won't be missed by Tina though!!

matthau Wed 12/12/2007 04:44PM
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RIP Ike ! Ike might not have been the best life partner to Tina Turner, but this guy was seriously underrated in SO many ways. The guy was a kick @ss guitarist,bandleader and one of THE pioneers of rock n' roll. The man's great contribution to American music should not be overlooked.

G$Love Wed 12/12/2007 04:46PM
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G$Love

Just picked up a Time/Life 3 disc set of Ike and Tina, man it's good, more soul in this guys pinky finger than in most musicians whole bodies

BlewW044 Wed 12/12/2007 06:45PM
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unghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 12/13/2007 06:11AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

G$Love, you are wise my friend.

I gotta say that this is a sad day for music. Fuck what ya heard because Ike Truner INVENTED rock and roll and knew what time it was before the music was even called that. He's just as important as Chuck Berry and Fats Domino and it always been so effed up that he never got the recoginition he deserved. So maybe he was abusive to Tina. I'm not saying what he did was right but since when has society held musicians to act in the place of a moral compass? I highly all of you not only go out and buy his autobiography but to also read his autobiography called "Taking Back My Name".

Also, Ike was doing some sort of collaboration with the Black Keys that is due out next year. You know thats gonna be sweet.

RIP Ike.

paulyblunts Thu 12/13/2007 07:48AM
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paulyblunts

"Beatin motherfuckas like Ike beat Tina".....sorry had to do it.

roberto767 starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/13/2007 09:20AM
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Shmo-Kaine starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/13/2007 09:31AM
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Shmo-Kaine

What!!! No more Ike and Tina. The guy might have sucked as a human being,but but he put out some jams in his day. RIP ike, ya crazy bastard.

nuke_ticketbastard Thu 12/13/2007 09:49AM
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hit me again ike and , put some STANK on it!

Navin R. Johnson Thu 12/13/2007 09:51AM
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Navin R. Johnson

"Awww. Don't you do that to Ike!...Sorry Baby, I love you Baby!"

Sorry. Could not resist.

tonebeach Thu 12/13/2007 10:54AM
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tonebeach

beating mf like ike beat tina! nice work paulyblunts

moejoerisin Thu 12/13/2007 12:18PM
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moejoerisin

haha.. with that picture up, how could the jokes not fly? pauly, you beat me to the biggie quote - nicely played.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/13/2007 01:47PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Regardless of what you think of this guy he was a badass. He made the nearly talentless Tina Turner into a star. Compare her music/live shows of the 60's and 70's with the garbage she did after Ike and you'll see. RIP Ike, we'll miss you. Tina's career has been RIP since about 1976.

karacter0 Thu 12/13/2007 11:00PM
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karacter0

Keep that pimp hand strong my brother!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 03:54AM
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his last album from 2006 was good. it was called risin with the blues.

however, his pic on the front of it. He looks MAD AS HELL!!!!!!!!

petemora starstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 10:52AM
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Ike was a musical legend, what a body of work. You don't get invited to open for the Stones in the early 70s for nothin'. Some of the comments on this board are so tastless,(but hilarious) even for me. He looks like he's goanna smack his bitch up right after this photo shoot. Calling Tina nearly talentless is absolutely re-god-damned-diculous.

oldfartatplay starstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 02:40PM
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oldfartatplay

any artists professional contribution should be judged by his or her body of work. it seems to me that their personal life is relevent only in as much as it shapes the way they express themselves in their craft. glad to hear about the grammy award, always nice when someone as talented as an ike turner or johnny cash, who has been counted out at some point, is able to go out on a high note-much deserved.

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 04:22AM
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its true oldfart is right.

if we get too caught up in the personal aspects of artists we like, we cannot really enjoy their work as much. personal life is private.. that goes for all of us. if we could ignore the personal problems of artists we can appreciate them much more :)