December 12, 2007


Rock pioneer Ike Turner dies at 76 (Paul MacInnes, December 12, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

Turner, whose influence on the most popular musical form of the 20th century was as great as his personal life was controversial, is believed to have passed away at his home in San Marcos, California.

Turner first got involved in the music industry at the age of eight, when he found himself operating the turntables at a Mississippi radio station. In 1951 he released, along with his group the Kings of Rhythm, the track believed by many to be the first ever rock'n'roll song, Rocket 88.

He went on to work as an A&R man, helping to earn artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush and Sonny Boy Williamson their first record deals.

Tough to find nowadays--I don't think it was ever released as a cd, but his Blues Roots is a fantastic album. He could have turned anyone into Tina, but there was just one Ike.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2007 6:43 PM
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