This Day in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll: IKE TURNER
Musician, songwriter, bandleader and producer Ike Turner was born Ike Wister Turner on November 5, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
As a child, Turner initially played a style of blues known as boogie woogie on the piano, which he learned from Pinetop Perkins. He later learned to play guitar.
In 1956, he met a teenager and singer named Anna Mae Bullock. He married her and helped create her stage persona, Tina Turner. The two became the Ike & Tina Turner Revue and created several R&B hits, including "I Idolize You," "It's Going to Work Out Fine" and "Poor Fool." The duo's cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" earned them their first and only Grammy Award together in 1971. Their last hit together was "Nutbush City Limits," written by Tina and released in 1973. Turner died of a cocaine overdose on December 12, 2007, in San Marcos, California.
A blues legend, Turner's impact on the musical world continues to be felt even after his death.