Monday, February 25, 2013

Music of the moment - Ike Turner

Some weeks ago I spent a de-lightful weekend in Melbourne raiding the fabric stores in Sydney Road, Brunswick (something I highly recommend doing if you are a sewer) with my dear buddy Carola, double bass player extraordinaire from the "Two Shots" (but more about them here in the not too distant future....).... On our wonderful day of discovery, I happened across a very hip little music store specialising in the type of music, books and art that I just love, and it was there that I picked up the most awesome IKE TURNER collection and have been in awe of this talented man ever since. It was inevitable that Ike would make the 'Music of the Moment' list here at Alice Jean's (honestly, I don't know what took me so long to 'discover' him - I had known 'Rocket 88' was considered the first rock n roll song for eons!)
So let me share with you my newly acquired Ike Turner love by posting some links to youtube, some photographs and a brief bio from Wikipedia here.....enjoy !
From my album cover.....
Ike Turner was one of the most influential and important figures in R&B and early rock n roll., with respect to composition, promotion, and performance. He gave Tina her name and helped make her a star, and is considered by many music journalists to be one of the main architects of the genre.
Awesome Music Links......
Ike Wister Turner (November 5, 1931[1][2] – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. In a career that lasted more than half a century, his repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. He is most popularly known for his 1960s work with his then wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner revue. Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he began playing piano and guitar when he was eight, forming his group, the Kings of Rhythm as a teenager at high school.[3]
He employed the group as his backing band for the rest of his life. His first recording, "Rocket 88" with the Kings of Rhythm credited as "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats", in 1951, is considered a possible contender for "first rock and roll song". Relocating to St. Louis, Missouri in 1954, he built the Kings into one of the most renowned acts on the local club circuit.[4] It was there he met singer Anna Mae Bullock, whom he married and renamed Tina Turner, forming the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which over the course of the sixties became a soul/rock crossover success.[5]
In the 1950s, he was hired by Sun Studios and Modern Records as an arranger and talent scout for blues artists. Turner recorded for many of the key R&B record labels of the 1950s and 1960s, including Chess, Modern, Trumpet, Flair and Sue.[6] With the Ike & Tina Revue he graduated to larger labels Blue Thumb and United Artists. Throughout his career Turner won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for three others.[7] Alongside his former wife, Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Allegations by Tina Turner in her autobiography of her abusive relationship with Turner and the film adaptation of this coupled with his cocaine addiction damaged Turner's career in the 1980s and 1990s.[8] His name became a synonym for wifebeater, which overshadowed his contributions to music.[9] Addicted to cocaine and crack for at least 15 years, Turner was convicted of drug offenses, serving seventeen months in prison between July 1989 and 1991.[10] He spent the rest of the 1990s free of his addiction, but relapsed in 2004. Near the end of his life, he returned to live performance as a frontman and produced two albums returning to his blues roots, which were critically well received and award-winning.[11] Turner has frequently been referred to as a 'great innovator' of Rock and Roll by contemporaries such as Little Richard[12] and Johnny Otis.[13] Phil Alexander (then editor-in-chief of Mojo magazine) described Turner as 'the cornerstone of modern day rock 'n' roll'.[14]

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