RIP He Made it Nice… and ROUGH: Ike Turner Dead at 76
posted by December 12 at 15:25 PMon
Seventy-six years is far longer than most expected Ike Turner to keep on, let alone keep on rolling. Though he never surpassed his career high-points of the mid-’70s with ex-wife Tina Turner, Ike’s Risin’ with the Blues won the “Best Traditional Blues” Grammy earlier this year, though nobody you know actually heard the record.
Ike Turner is credited in some circles—mainly his own—as recording the first rock song, “Rocket 88,” in 1951. Many know of Ike’s basso-profundo contribution to Ike & Tina’s version of “Proud Mary,” and most revile his often violent Svengali-ism and his piggybacking on Tina’s career as depicted in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It. During the late ’70s, after his divorce from Tina, Ike fell into a debilitating cocaine addiction from which he and his image never recovered; Tina’s ascending star left Ike far below.
Ike repeatedly denied Tina’s depiction of him as a drug-addled manipulator and never understated his role in creating both rock ‘n’ roll and the Tina mystique. ”You can go ask Snoop Dogg or Eminem, you can ask the Rolling Stones or Clapton, or you can ask anybody—anybody—they all know my contribution to music,” Tuner said in a 2001 Associated Press interview.
Turner was in his San Diego home at the time of death. No cause of death has been released as of yet.