Ike Turner

Rhythm and blues, Musical Artist

1931 – 2007


Who was Ike Turner?

Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is most popularly 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 when he was eight, forming his group, the Kings of Rhythm, as a teenager at high school. He employed the group as his backing band for the rest of his life. His first recording, "Rocket 88", with the Kings of Rhythm, credited to "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats", in 1951 is considered a contender for "first rock and roll song". Relocating to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1954, he built the Kings into one of the most renowned acts on the local club circuit. It was there he met singer Anna Mae Bullock, whom he renamed Tina Turner, forming The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which over the course of the sixties became a soul/rock crossover success.

Turner recorded for many of the key R & B record labels of the 1950s and 1960s, including Chess, Modern, Trumpet, Flair and Sue. With the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, he graduated to larger labels Blue Thumb and United Artists. Throughout his career Turner won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for three others. With his former wife, Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

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Nov 5, 1931
Also known as
  • Icky Renrut
  • Izear Luster Turner Jr.
  • The Ike and Tina Turner Revue
  • Ike & Tina Turner Revue
  • Ike & Tina Turner
  • Ike and Tima Turner
  • Ike and Tina Turner
  • Lover Boy
  • Issac Wister Turner
  • Issac Wister (Ike) Turner
  • African American
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Clarksdale
Dec 12, 2007
San Marcos

on July 23, 2013


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