Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ike Turner RIP

Ike Turner--who some believe invented rock-n-roll with his song "Rocket 88"--has died at age 76. From the New York Times:
Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife and icon Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.

''He did pass away this morning'' at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner's musical career.

There was no immediate word on the cause of death, which was first reported by celebrity Web site

Turner managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in his later years, touring around the globe with his band the Kings of Rhythm and drawing critical acclaim for his work. He won a Grammy in 2007 in the traditional blues album category for ''Risin' With the Blues.''

But his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, wife-abusing husband of Tina Turner. He was hauntingly portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the movie ''What's Love Got To Do With It,'' based on Tina Turner's autobiography.

In a 2001 interview with The Associated Press, Turner denied his ex-wife's claims of abuse and expressed frustration that he had been demonized in the media, adding that his historic role in rock's beginnings had been ignored.

''You can go ask Snoop Doggor Eminem, you can ask the Rolling Stonesor (Eric) Clapton, or you can ask anybody -- anybody, they all know my contribution to music, but it hasn't been in print about what I've done or what I've contributed until now,'' he said.

Tell it, Ike!

I've always loved that Ike's literary anwer to Tina's memoir I, Tina was called I, Ike.

You were a scoundrel, sir, and possibly deranged, and certainly violent. But Ike Turner, you were also a genius, and you shall be missed, at least around Felt Up HQ, because your music rules. Give me "River Deep, Mountain High" over anything that's come out in the past 40 years...

My greatest ambition in life has always been to be a) a cake decorator and/or b) an Ikette. Now only half that dream is still possible.

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