Death of a Legend: Ike Turner

IKE & TINA 1966

For those who didn't know the Ike and Tina story saw the movie and knew Ike only as the drug snorting and boozing husband of super songstress Tina Tuner. Ike Turner died at the age of 76 year old. No immediate cause of death has been reported.

He felt the world forgot all his credits and only saw the monster that the movie "What's Love Got To Do With It" portrayed him to be. Based on the book of the same name and written by Tina Turner, Ike felt he got a bad deal and all his life's work had been disrespected by his former wife.

Although he readily admits his drug and alcohol abuse, wife beater he claims he was not.

Ike attemted to salvage his reputation years after the movie and along with his band Kings of Rythm took home a Grammy in 2007 in the blue category for "Risin' With The Blues".

Years after-the-fact, Turner who's now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is credited by many rock historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record, "Rocket 88," in 1951.

But as would be the case for most of his career, Turner, a prolific session guitarist and piano player, was not the star on the record — it was recorded with Turner's band but credited to singer Jackie Brenston.

And as fate would have it, history does repeat itself when later it would be another singer — a young woman named Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner). Life with the songstress bought him a fortune but cost him his fame.

The two met when Bullock was fresh out of the country and only 18-years-old. The two would later marry and in 1959 and quickly made the husky-voiced woman the lead of his band and revamping the wide-eyed country girl into a sexy Tina Turner. Her stage persona was highlighted by short skirts and stiletto heels that made her legs her most visible asset(many years later they were insured for millions). But despite the glamorous image, she still sang with the grit and fervor of a rock singer with a singe of soul.

Ike fathered two sons while married to Tina while producing a string of hits. The first, "A Fool In Love," was a top R&B song in 1959, and others followed, including "I Idolize You" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine." It was their version of "Proud Mary," a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit, that became their signature song and won them a Grammy for best R&B vocal performance by a group.

While their public life depicted a powerful, dynamic duo, Tina Turner would later charge that her husband was an overbearing wife abuser and cocaine addict.

In her 1987 autobiography, "I, Tina," she painted a vivid depiction of life at Ike's hands. She told stories of suffering a broken nose and sexual abuse. In the movie and the book, the climax came after a the memorable yet vicious fight between the pair in the back seat of a car in Las Vegas, where they were scheduled to perform.

It was the only time she ever fought back.

After the two broke up, both fell on hard times. It wasn't until later that Tina revived her career while Ike still struggled. It was
Lawrence Fishburne's staggering depiction of Ike Turner that gave life to Turner's reputation as a rock villain. However, he never
regain that star status he once lavished with Tina.

In a downward spiral, the combination of drug and alcohol abuse found Ike in jail where in 1989 he served 17 months behind bars.

In interviews toward the end of his life, Turner acknowledged having made many mistakes, but maintained he was still
able to carry himself with pride.

In an interview with the AP, he says, "I know what I am in my heart. And I know regardless of what I've done, good and bad, it took it all to make me what I am

Born: November 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Musical Influence: Perkins, Pinetop
First Instrument: Piano, 40's
First Hit Record: "Rocket 88", It's Gonna Work Out Fine, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, I've Been Loving You to Long, Fool in Love name a few
Artists Worked With: Otis Rush, Little Milton, Rolling Stones, Tyrone Davis, Elton John, Santana, Roberta Flack Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Bill Cosby, Elvis, Eric Clapton, Yardbirds, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Tina Turner & more..
Book Release: Bio,"Takin Back My Name" 1998.
Awards Received: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: 1990 for "Rocket 88", BMI Award for Shoop, sung by Salt & Pepper,
2002- Grammy Nomination-Best Traditional Blues Album
2002- W.C. Handy multi Catagory Nominations
Walk of Fame Star- St. Louis-2002
Personal: Favorites:
Place: San Marcos -Home
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecastor, PRS Guitars
Song: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young)
Good Vibrations (Beach Boys), Who are You (The Who)
Favorite Motto: "A man with courage is a Majority."
Favorite Quote: "If you wasn't born with it you can do with out it."
Died: December 12, 2007 in San Marcos, California

Rest In Peace Ike Turner

The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007 with Barbara Walters

With so many things to chronicle in this past year, we can name many milestones we’ve successfully tackled. Human-kind has also been set back with some of the most blatant of idiotic displays in the public eye. So this year Barbara Walters has brought once again, her list of the most fascinating people of 2007.

Some of these people who made the cut are those we can’t help to know because of the amount of media attention that has surrounded them and then there are some we’d just simply prefer to forget. Others are some who may have scaled our radar altogether and we may not have given them a moments notice. But not Barbara; so here’s her picks for 2007.

10. Justin Timberlake: Everything you want, wrapped up in a box. He brought sexy back with his new album and had everyone trying just as hard to get theirs back as well. His most interesting accomplishment was getting an Emmy for his skit on Saturday Night Live. And he did it with his Dick in a Box. Justin says, “I think it’s a thoughtful Christmas gift.”

9. President Bill Clinton: The first President who has a shot to get back into the White House after already serving two terms. He’s become a global icon for social issues and is a two-time best selling author. When asked by Barbara about his term, he said, “I loved being President.” He also seems to see John McCain to be the strongest Republican candidate. When asked about whether he sends text messages to Hilary, he says, “I need to hear her voice. I can tell how her day is gong by the way she answers the phone.”

8. Chris & Tom from MySpace: Chris says, “If I were a martian, I’d want to be on MySpace to find other martians like me.” Tom, who is everyone’s famous friend, came up with the concept. Tom is the technical creative genius of MySpace where Chris is the business minded friend. They even helped Barbara Walters build her own MySpace page.

7. Katherine Heigl: Known by most as Doctor Isabel “Izzy” Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. Katherine also won an Emmy for the role and later landed a starring role in Knocked Up, one of the biggest romantic comedies in 2007. You can also catch her in the upcoming movie “27 Dresses”.

6. Don Imus: He was fired for his racial commentary while insulting the Rutgers women’s basketball team which is mostly comprised of black women. He opened up his big mouth and labeled them ‘nappy-headed hoes’ and made other racial blurbs while reporting live on this radio show. When asked if he thought he should have been fired, he says, “I don’t think so…I don’t think they deserved being made fun of. I spent over 30-years making fun of people who deserved being made fun of.” His new radio show now features two black comedians.

5. Jennifer Hudson: Breakout sensation Jennifer was like Cinderella who got to go the ball. We’ll never forget her emotional acceptance speech at the Oscars when picking up the gold statue for her role as Effie in Dreamgirls. She didn’t win on American Idol but I don’t think she cares right now. With her first album in the works, ‘J-Hud’ also has a role in the much anticipated Sex in the City movie adapted from the popular TV show where she’ll be debuting as Kerry Bradshaw’s assistant. Following that, she’ll hit the big screen again with a role in Winged Creatures, a movie about a group of strangers who form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

4 & 3: Victoria & David Beckam: The hottest soccer star and the “Poshest” superstar who came to America. They came to America so that David could play soccer for the LA Galaxy. In such a short span of time, he’s experienced a number of injuries meanwhile; Victoria is reuniting with the Spice Girls. When asked if their life together is forever, David says “I hope so, we wouldn’t have gotten married otherwise.”

2. President Hugo Chavez: President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has a TV show where he likes to insult President Bush and call him a drunk, liar, murderer and other more colorful names. “I say he’s a donkey because he’s very ignorant about what is happening in South America.” President Chavez embraces being a socialist because he feels that’s what Jesus Christ was about. Many feel he is a hero to the poor and has been made a national icon. When asked to give the people of America a message in English, he says, “To the people of the United States, all the women and men, we Venezuelan people love you.”

…and the number one most fascinating person of 2007 (according to Barbara Walters) is: J.K. Rowling is mostly known for her magical stories of Harry Potter. Her passion was always to be a writer. After twelve publishing house rejections, she was offered $4 grand and some advice. One lucky break and the brilliant series of Harry Potter were brought to life. Now millions of young children know the name J.K. Rowling as the hugely popular woman who brings Harry Potter to life.