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Ike Turner: King of Rhythm

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9781904316244: Ike Turner: King of Rhythm

Looks at the life and career of the man who is best known as "Mr. Tina Turner" and discusses Ike Turner's influence on blues, R&B, and rock and roll music.

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Ike Turner deserves a niche in the pop pantheon even had he never met Anna Mae Bullock, aka Tina Turner. At Sun Records, he participated in birthing rock 'n' roll (some call his 1951 "Rocket 88" the first true rock song, though label founder Sam Phillips credited it to sax player Jackie Brenston). Already established on the R & B charts when he met Bullock, Turner built a new act around their collaboration and tackled the pop charts. In the late 1960s, Ike and Tina were at the apex of the pop world with "Proud Mary." Then came Phil Spector's overcooked production of their album River Deep Mountain High, after which Ike drifted into drug use and paranoia; physically abused Tina; went to prison; and became an icon of domestic abuse, thanks to Tina's autobiography. Out of prison, reformed and apparently rehabilitated, he is again performing. Despite its inadequate, 100-plus-page discography (only titles and dates of issue are listed), Collis' less-than-reverential book should be a jumping-off point for reassessing an important career. Mike Tribby
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