Ike Turner

Active - 1970 - 2021  |   Born - Nov 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States  |   Died - Dec 12, 2007   |   Genres - Music, Comedy

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Best known as the singer/musician who launched the career of his former wife Tina Turner, Ike Turner was not an actor, but he has cameoed in a few films, usually accompanied by his more famous ex. An excellent chronicle of their tempestuous marriage can be found in the biography What's Love Got to Do with It?. Turner

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  • Began playing music at the age of 7 when his mother, a seamstress, bought him a piano.
  • First commercial success came with the band Kings of Rhythm; their "Rocket 88," released under the name Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, is considered one of the first rock songs.
  • As the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, scored a series of hits with R&B songs and rock covers – including their signature "Proud Mary" – throughout the '60s and '70s.
  • Career suffered after he was portrayed as a drug addict and wife beater in ex-wife Tina Turner's 1986 biography, I, Tina, and the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do With It?
  • Was serving a four-year sentence for cocaine possession when he and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
  • Released an autobiography, Takin' Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner, in 1999.
  • Received a Grammy nomination for his comeback album, 2001's Here and Now.