Ike Turner died peacefully in his home in San Marcos, California on December 12, 2007.
As a biography, Ike Turner was born November 5, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, so his age would have been 76. He began working in the public ear at age 8 at WROX, the local radio station. Ike formed his first band in the late 1940s called The Kings of Rhythm. They recorded what some call the first rock and roll record in 1951, “Rocket 88″.
But Ike was best known for his duet career with former wife Tina Turner. Ike openly abused and cheated on Tina. When they divorced in 1978, Ike kept every asset they had attained except for Tina’s stage name. The two were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2001, Ike was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Turner is rumored to have been married 14 times, although only 4 were recorded publicly.
Ike Turner published his autobiography, “Takin’ Back My Name” in 2001. In it he says of the long-denied domestic abuse allegations,
Sure, I’ve slapped Tina… There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her.
Earlier this year, Turner won a Grammy in the traditional blues album category for “Risin’ With the Blues.”
Of his death, the Recording Academy said,
“There is no doubt that Ike Turner was one of rock and roll’s great architects with his genre-defying sound as an instrumentalist and bandleader … As a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and recipient of The Recording Academy’s 2004 Heroes Award, Ike’s legacy as a groundbreaking pioneer in the music industry will never be forgotten.”
For her part, Tina Turner’s rep said,
“Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made.”
See more photos and video of Ike Turner .
Rockin Fifties Fest 2005 Video – Ike Turner