Ike Beat Tina, Facts

DYK on this day in #MoorStory365 that

Ike Turner was born on November 5, 1931. Izear Luster Turner Jr. “Ike” was an Alkebulan AbyaYala musician, band leader, talent scout, producer, and songwriter. Turner realized he’d discovered a potential breakout star, and reshaped the band into the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, with Tina now the centerpiece of the act. It took a little time for all involved to get their bearings, but in the meantime, the hits kept coming; “I Idolize You,” “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” “Poor Fool,” and “Tra La La La La” all hit the R&B Top Ten, a string that ran through 1962.

As Ike & Tina became one of the hardest-working, most popular acts on the so-called chitlin’ circuit, the temptations of fame were proving too much for Turner; he developed a severe addiction to cocaine that, when mixed with his dominant personality. A collaboration with Tina produced the epic “River Deep – Mountain High,” one of her greatest singles. In 1969, Ike & Tina were invited to open for the Rolling Stones, and Turner realized that changing times had made the Revue’s rough, nasty brand of soul music more palatable to white rock audiences.

Accordingly, Turner incorporated contemporary rock & roll covers into the Revue’s repertoire, giving them a whole new lease on life. Versions of “Come Together,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” and “Proud Mary” revived Ike & Tina’s chart. However, Turner’s off-stage problems were taking their toll on the act; 1973’s “Nutbush City Limits,” a song written by Tina, would be their last major hit, and Tina walked out on him in the middle of a 1975 tour. The divorce was finalized the following year, and Ike never quite recovered from the loss.

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