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Ike Turner's Memorial

Submitted By: Ron ronson

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Birth Date:
Apr 06, 1923
Death Date:
Dec 12, 2007
San Diego
United States

About Ike Turner

Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogre-like image as the man who brutally abused former wife and rock icon Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.

Ike Turner's Legacy

Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on November 5, 1931, to Beatrice Cushenberry and Izear Luster Turner. Ike got his first taste of pleasing an audience at the age of eight working at the local Clarksdale radio station, WROX, located in the Alcazar Hotel in downtown Clarksdale. A man in charge of the station put Turner to work as he watched the record turntables.

Turner is said to have been married 14 times but he has only been known to have married four times publicly. Turner\'s first marriage was to Lorraine Taylor, who had two sons with Ike. Although their marriage has been debated, it\'s believed Ike married Tina in 1962 due to worries over being sued for child support and alimony payments by Taylor. Ike and Tina married in Tijuana, Mexico and Tina had a son with Ike. However, their marriage was overshadowed by Ike\'s constant abuse towards her.

Eventually, Tina left him after an especially violent dispute escalated while riding to a hotel before a show in Dallas in 1976. Tina later filed for divorce and it was finalized in 1978 with Ike keeping every asset attained during the marriage with the obvious exception of her given stage name. Ike openly cheated on Tina with other women, one of which was former Ikette Ann Thomas, whom he had a baby by and later married in 1981. In 1995, he married yet another Ikette, Jeanette Bazzell. Ike has four known children: sons Ike Jr., Michael and Ronald and daughter Mia.

Turner suffered a brush with the law in the mid-1980s when he was convicted of drug-related charges and sentenced to several years in a California state prison. Unfortunately Turner was still in prison pleading parole when he and Tina were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, which Tina accepted on his behalf.

In 2001, Turner\'s long-awaited autobiography, Takin\' Back My Name (ISBN 1-85227-850-1), was published. In Tina Turner\'s 1986 autobiography I, Tina, later filmed as What\'s Love Got to Do with It?, Tina accused Ike of violent spousal abuse, which Ike repeatedly denied for many years. However, in his 2001 autobiography Ike admitted, Sure, I\'ve slapped Tina... There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her.

Turner has attributed many problems off the stage to his drug and alcohol addiction and intense use of cocaine, resulting in his abusive behavior and relationship with his wife and children. Since being released from prison in 1993, Turner has maintained sobriety and continues playing music.

In an October 17, 2007 telephone interview conducted by satellite radio personality Howard Stern, Ike claimed he and Tina Turner were never actually married, though he didn\'t explain why they shared the same last name.

Ike Turner died in his home, reportedly in his sleep, on December 12, 2007.


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