R.I.P. 1931 - 2007
Here is an except from the NY Times obit:
"Ike Turner, the R&B musician, songwriter, bandleader, producer, talent scout and ex-husband of Tina Turner, died on Wednesday at his home in San Marcos, Calif., a San Diego suburb. He was 76.
"His death was announced by Jeanette Bazzell Turner, who married Mr. Turner in 1995. She gave no cause of death, but said he had had emphysema.
"Mr. Turner was best known for discovering Anna Mae Bullock, a teenage singer from Nutbush, Tenn., whom he renamed Tina Turner. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue made a string of hits in the 1960s before the Turners broke up in 1975."
Whatever can be said about Ike Turner's personal life, he still made some good music. This is the opening track off the "A Black Man's Soul" album, which starts with a great breakbeat, and continues with a driving groove. As Ike continued to work with Tina Turner, his band The Kings Of Rhythm soon morphed into The Family Vibes for two albums.
Song : "Thinking Black"
From the LP "A BLACK MAN'S SOUL" (Pompeii SD6003) 1969
Get it here : Ike Turner - Thinking Black