R.I.P. Ike Turner (1931-2007)

Ike Turner, the man who turned Tina Turner into a star (and also beat the crap out of her whenever he felt like it), died today at his home in San Diego, CA. He was 76.

…Though Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, Ike Turner’s contribution to the development of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues, and especially soul music, has gone relatively unheralded in comparison to many of the other acknowledged forebears of rock. Yet despite the more ignominious aspects of his personal life, his towering influence on music cannot be easily swept aside…Ike Turner, Rock and Soul Architect, Dies at Age 76 – Spinner.com

Ike Turner must have had some crazy charisma the general public couldn’t see. He proclaimed that he had married 14 times! But there are only four on the public record. That charisma wasn’t enough to keep him out of jail for a drug conviction in the mid-80s however, and when he and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, he was kestill behind bars. A bit of sweet justice for Tina, I think.

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One Response to “R.I.P. Ike Turner (1931-2007)”
  1. JCW Says:

    That was One. Mean. Mother@@@@er. Can’t say I’m sorry to see him go.

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