Izear Luster “Ike” Turner, Jr. was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. He was born on 5th November 1931 and died on 12 December 2007. He was one of the pioneers of fifties rock and roll, and he is most popularly known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with his then-wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

Ike Turner Quick Facts:

Ike Turner
Ike Turner
Source: Wikipedia

Born: November 5, 1931, Clarksdale, MS
Died: December 12, 2007, San Marcos, CA (at aged 76)
Full name: Ike Wister Turner
Children: Ronnie Turner, Mia Turner, Linda Trippeter, Twanna Turner Melby, Ike Turner Jr, Michael Turner
Spouse: Audrey Madison-Turner (m. 2006–2007), Tina Turner (m. 1962-1978), Lorraine Taylor, Jeanette (m. 1995 – 2001) and Bonnie Mae Wilson (m. 1953-1955)
Movies: Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm: Live in Concert and more
Instruments: Guitar, piano, Vocals

Turner began playing piano and guitar when he was 8 years old, forming his own group, the Kings of Rhythm, when he was a teenage kid. He employed the group as his backing band for the rest of his life. His first recording, “Rocket 88”, credited to “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats”, in 1951 is considered a 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. There he met singer Anna Mae Bullock, whom he renamed Tina Turner, forming The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which over the course of the sixties became a soul/rock crossover success.

How was his early life?

Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on November 5, 1931, to Beatrice Cushenberry, a seamstress, and Isaiah (or Izear) Luster Turner, a Baptist minister. The younger of their two children, Turner had an elder sister named Ethel May. Turner believed that he had been named after his father, but discovered his name had been mistakenly registered as Ike Wister Turner when applying for his first passport.

Ike Turner’s Relationship with his Spouses and Children

He had seven children: sons Ike Jr. and Michael (with Lorraine Taylor), Ronald/”Ronnie” (with Tina Turner) and daughters Mia (with Margaret Ann Thomas), Linda Trippeter and Twanna Melby. Tina’s son Craig (fathered by saxophonist Raymond Hill) was adopted by Turner and therefore carries the Turner name. Mia Turner was conceived and born during Ike’s marriage to Tina in the late 1960s. Since 2007, Ronnie is married to Afida Turner.

Turner was married at least eight times. He sometimes claimed to have been married 13 times. Turner’s first marriage was to an Edna Dean Taylor from Ruleville, Mississippi, while in his teens. He then married Rosa Lee Sane. The marriage took place in West Memphis. In 1953, he married pianist and singer Bonnie Mae Wilson, who was part of the Kings of Rhythm, but after two years she left him for another man. After Bonnie, he became involved with Annie Mae Wilson, another pianist in the band, whom he married in the mid-1950s. His next marriage was to Lorraine Taylor, who had two sons with him.

The facts surrounding his “marriage” to Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner), including accusations of abuse, have been very publicly debated. Tina left the relationship after another violent argument on the way to a concert in 1976. Their divorce was finalised in 1978. In Tina’s autobiography, she accused Ike of violent spousal abuse. In a 1985 interview, Turner admitted: “Yeah I hit her, but I didn’t hit her more than the average guy beats his wife … If she says I abused her, maybe I did.”In his 1999 autobiography, he worded this slightly differently; “Sure, I’ve slapped Tina … There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her.” In a 1996 interview, Turner described his and Tina’s occasional actions against each other as mutually violent, saying: “As far as abusing my family or abusing her, sure – I have slapped her, she have slapped me, we just lived normal people’s lives, but I guess by me having the notoriety that I have, it’s been totally exaggerated.”

Turner claimed on more than one occasion that he had never been officially married to Bullock. In an 1985 interview with Spin Magazine, Turner stated: “As God is my judge, of all my wives, Tina is the only one I was never legally married to.” He stated that she took his name in order to discourage a former lover from returning to her. In his autobiography, Turner wrote “We didn’t recognise marriages”, which Margaret Moser believes “is true by the rural Southern standards of the times”.[20] In a 1996 radio interview, he repeated the claim that the two had never been married and also claimed that Tina’s name had originally been Martha Nell (not Anna Mae) Bullock.

Turner married former Ikette Margaret Ann Thomas in the early 1980s. In 1995, after years of courtship, he married Jeanette Bazzell. Ike and Jeanette divorced in 2001, but remained friends. In 2006, he married Audrey Madison. She divorced him, but reconciled with him before his death

What is the Net Worth of Ike Turner?

Ike Turner Net Worth $500,000. A long time before Ike & Tina Turner was established, Ike Turner was pursuing a career in the music industry. Actually, Ike was eight years old when he started playing guitar, and piano as well.

Death and Funeral

In the weeks leading up to his death, Turner became reclusive. On December 10, 2007, he told personal assistant Falina Rasool that he believed he was dying and would not make it to Christmas. Turner died on December 12, 2007, at the age of 76, at his home in San Marcos, California, near San Diego. He was found dead by his former wife Ann Thomas. Rasool was also in the house and administered CPR. Turner was pronounced dead at 11:38 a.m.

The funeral was held on December 22, 2007, at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California. Among those who spoke at the funeral were Little Richard, Solomon Burke and Phil Spector. The Kings of Rhythm played versions of “Rocket 88” and “Proud Mary”. Turner was cremated after the funeral service.

Controversial relationship with Tina Turner

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