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How Long Is Yours?? (Part 1)
By Jeanette Grattan Parker
Published December 5, 2019

Dr. Jeanette Parker 

What happened to Ike Turner (Tina Turner’s first husband); who struggled with life and its vissitudes, including drug abuse and inability to overcome the demonic spirits which haunted him to death. He was born November 5, 1931 and when he was 25 years, he met Ana Mae Bullock, (who became Tina Turner) and things began to change for him. She was a teenager. Ike Turner was musically talented: songwriter, producer and R&B legend; had his own band. He and Tina earned their only Grammy Award in 1971. (1931-2007) His birthname was Ike Wister Turner; but he spent much of his life believing he was named after his father, Izear Luster Turner Jr. He learned to play a style of music: boogie woogie on piano and played guitar. He started out well making great progress in the music world. And started the Kings of Rhythm, his band. They went to Memphis and recorded at the great Sun Studios run by Sam Phillips; and their song, “Rocket 88,” released under the name of Brenston, who left the group (to become solo) and is considered by many to be the first rock and roll recording and became a number one hit on the R&B charts. Ike was a talent scout, credited helping to discover B.B. King and Howling Wolf. He helped transform Anna Mae into Tina Turner, changing her name and stage persona; soon they were performing as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue; scoring a string of R&B hits. They developed a personal relationship between them. They opened for Rolling Stones and found crossover success with a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” which made it on the pop and R&B charts. This earned them their only Grammy Award together. Their last hit together was “Nutbush City Limits,” written by Tina, released in 1973. Tina has an autobiography: “I, Tina,” “What’s Love Got To Do with It,” the 1993 film was the historical basis where she revealed details of the abuse. This starred Angela Bassett as Tina and Laurence Fishburne as Ike. The movie showed Ike as a wife-beating musical talent who was often under the influence of drugs. Both Bassett and Fishburne received Academy Award nominations for their performances. But Ike repeatedly denied the accusations made in the book and vehemently objected to the portrayal of him on screen. He did, however, admit to hitting her in his own 1999 autobiography, Takin’ Back My Name. His drug abuse was severely detrimental to his life and led to his one year imprisonment, during which time he missed the ceremony where The Ike & Tina Turner Revue was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. After 23 years, (Here and Now) Turner had a career comeback; nominated for a Grammy Award (best traditional blues album). In 2002, Turner received the Comeback Album of the Year Award at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards. In 2006, he won a Grammy (best traditional blues album) for his next original recording, “Risin’ with the Blues,” released in 2006. He died of an overdose in 2007 contributing conditions, high blood pressure and emphysema, a blues legend.

Article:Ike Turner Biography:Biography.com Editors:The Biography.com:https://www.biography.com/musician/ike-turner:Publisher:A&E TelevisionNetworks:Updated:July 26, 2019:Original Published Date:April 2, 2014 Much of this article from the above source. Compiled by:

JeanetteGrattanParker,PhD. Founder/Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter Schools:“Inquiring Minds Want To Know”© www.askdrjeanetteparker.com:askdrjeanette.successontheway@gmail.com. Askdrjeanette tm

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