Ike Turner died this morning at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County, according to Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, the company that managed Turner's musical career. Cause of death is unknown at this time. Turner was 76. Please see our sister paper Riverfront Times' blog for more information. (Turner grew up in the St. Louis area.) TMZ is the publication first to report on Turner's passing.
Turner was one of the 20th century's most vital blues, rock, soul and funk composers and performers, but his creative feats became overshadowed by his abusive relationship with his ex-wife, Tina Turner. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Tina.
Below are two videos from different periods in Ike Turner's career.
“Baby Get It On”
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“I Wanna Take You Higher”