Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ike and Tina Turner

The Sensational Ike and Tina Turner
If there was ever an act that could make it into this blog without a ton of hits it's this one. Ike and Tina Turner put on a hell of a show. Big name performers as well as Television executives liked to have them along for their entertainment value. If truth be known that was probably 90% Tina and 10% Ike. 

Ike did have one claim to fame all of his own. He was part of the group that just might have recorded the very first "rock and roll" song. The Kings of Rhythm's, 1952, "Rocket 88" was a fine boogie song. Originally it was attributed to another group but supposedly it was his. They were a St. Louis group.

Ike and Tina Turner

Their's is a strange and sad story. Ike's abuse of Tina is legendary. His drugging is almost as well known. His overdose death and prison sentence somewhat less infamous. Where Ike the abuser spiraled downward once Tina escaped, she gathered herself together and soared.

I'm not going to tell a long story here. There is a much better story waiting once we get to Tina's solitary career. This is one of those stories where a fan is better off not knowing what goes on behind the scenes. Unfortunately, I am afraid there are too many of those situations in the music business. I really liked Ike and Tina. I enjoyed Ike's music and Tina's act. Then I learned about the way Ike operated and that was it for this fan. I left them quicker than I did the Dixie Chicks. Let that be a lesson to the newcomers in the industry. Live your life as a good person and citizen or risk the loss of everything you've worked for at the drop of a hat.

Ike and Tina Turner

Together they received accolades such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Awards. They had 31 chart hits, 2o in the Top 100, Only 6 in the Top 20 and just one in the Top 10. 

The Ike and Tina Turner Review

But, as mentioned above, they were probably the most famous duo never to have a number one or lots of top 10's.

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