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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Music: Ike Turner Dead at 76

Musical pioneer and marital pugilist Ike Turner has died, leaving a rich legacy as a rock n' roll and r & b originator tarnished by his violent marriage to wife and singing partner Tina. Turner was there at the birth of rock playing guitar and contributing to the writing of "Rocket 88", an ode to Oldsmobile that many consider to be the first rock n' roll song. With Tina, whom he met in 1959, he found the perfect foil for his stinging guitar and hot arrangements. They would eventually cross over to mainstream rock by the end of the 1960's, scoring hits with covers of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival. Ike Turners heavy drug use and relentless abuse of Tina led to their musical and personal split in the 70s. While Tina would have a triumphant comeback in the mid 80s, Ike would always be identified with spousal abuse.

Here's a little Q and A with Ike and Tina and a live performance of "Feels Good":

Here they are doing "Get Back" circa 1972...dig the Ikette's moves!

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