IKE 'BEATS' TINA TO DEATH
December 13, 2007 -- LOS ANGELES - Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner, who rose to fame in the 1950s and became a star performing with his ex-wife, Tina Turner, has died at age 76, said an official with the performer's management company.
"Ike Turner passed away this morning. He was at his home," in San Marcos, Calif., in the suburbs of San Diego, said Scott Hanover, of Thrill Entertainment.
Hanover could not provide any information about the cause of death.
Turner helped pioneer rock 'n' roll in 1951, when his band, The Kings of Rhythm, recorded the song "Rocket 88," a tune widely regarded as the first record in the genre's earliest days.
As a guitarist and pianist, Turner played with the likes of B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon in the 1950s.
He married Annie Mae Bullock in 1958. She subsequently changed her name to Tina, and they enjoyed such hits as "River Deep, Mountain High," "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits."
The pair won a Grammy in 1972 for "Proud Mary," and earlier this year Ike Turner was awarded again with the record industry's top honor for his traditional blues album, "Risin' with the Blues."
After his and Tina Turner's 1976 divorce, Ike Turner was crippled by a cocaine addiction and was widely vilified in the mid-'80s as Tina Turner mounted a huge comeback and said she had suffered abuse and humiliation at his hand.
From the Gawker:
Ike Turner is dead at 76, which means he has not outlived his onetime wife Tina Turner and thereby beaten her to the ultimate finish line: Death. See what they did there? Ike had a long and influential career during which he collaborated with many famous musicians and maybe sort of helped invent rock and roll, but he will be remembered mostly as Laurence Fishburne in the 1993 movie 'What's Love Got To Do With It,' being like "Eat the cake, Anna Mae," to Angela Bassett.
In other news, was at a table quiz last night. AND WE WON, although all the credit has to go to my team-mates, for having a bizarre and superfluous knowledge of...stuff, and to sport damo for the laughs... :P I believe i managed two questions including one about David Gray's Babylon...the shame.
It was all for a very good cause, that is Oxfam, and was very fun.
We won (well i sort of got it, being the only one driving last night) a massive hamper full of the most gorgeous looking fairtrade biccies, and honey and tea!
I'm going to come back here in a while to come up with some of the questions...
Oh yeah and it's a regular quiz, so clear the first Tuesday of the month, and head to Pravda! Oh and next month, i hear rumours of a celebrity, quiz master...
In other, other news I'm not sure where i saw this, it was yesterday sometime...but this crazy woman's wedding cake...was a frickin lifesize likeness of herself.
Come on now.