|Net Worth||$500 Thousand|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession||Record producer, Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Bandleader, Music Arranger|
|Date of Birth||Nov 5, 1931 – Dec 12, 2007 (76 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
Ike Turner Net Worth:
At the time of his death, Ike Turner, an American musician, songwriter, and producer, was worth $500,000. Turner is known as a pioneer of rock and roll in the 1950s, but he got his start with the blues, which he went back to at the end of his career. Ike is best known for his work with Tina Turner, who was his wife at the time. Together, they formed the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which was a huge hit by the end of the 1960s. Turner’s first recording, “Rocket 88,” came out in 1951, when he was in his early twenties. Many people think it was the first rock and roll song. Tina Turner’s autobiography, “I, Tina,” says that Ike’s use of cocaine and crack, as well as his abusive behavior, ruined his career in the 1980s. Ike’s career included 10 studio albums, and in 1999, he and Nigel Cawthorne published his autobiography, “Takin’ Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner.” Turner passed away in December 2007, when he was 76 years old.
Ike Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on November 5, 1931, as either Izear Luster Turner Jr. or Ike Wister Turner. Beatrice, his mother, was a seamstress, and Izear, his father, was a Baptist minister. Ike grew up thinking that his name came from his father, but in the 1960s, when he went to get a passport, he found out that his name was actually Ike Wister Turner. He had an older sister named Lee, and when he was young, his father died. Turner said that he saw a group of white people beat his father and leave him for dead. Izear lived for a few years in a tent in the yard before he died from his injuries. Ike said that Philip Reese, the painter who Beatrice later married, was a “violent alcoholic.” Ike said that he had his first sexual experience with a middle-aged woman named Miss Boozie when he was 6. By the time he was 12, he was seeing another middle-aged woman named Miss Reeny.
Turner quit school when he was in the eighth grade and started working as an elevator operator at the Alcazar Hotel in Clarksdale. Inside the building was a radio station called WROX. During his breaks, Ike would watch DJ John Friskillo, who eventually taught him how to work the control room. Ike started playing records on the station when Friskillo took coffee breaks, and he was offered a job as a DJ. Turner’s show, “Jive Till Five,” aired during the late afternoon shift. Ike learned to play piano from the blues musician Pinetop Perkins, and he learned to play guitar by playing along with blues records. In the 1940s, Turner moved to the Riverside Hotel, where he met many traveling musicians. At the age of 13, he played piano for Sonny Boy Williamson II.
As a teenager, Ike joined a rhythm group called the Tophatters. After a while, the group split in half, and Turner became the leader of the soul and R&B band the Kings of Rhythm. Under the name Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, the band put out a single called “Rocket 88” in 1951. It topped the R&B charts in “Billboard.” The success of the song caused problems in the group, and the Kings of Rhythm broke up for a while. Ike started working at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, as a session musician, a freelance talent scout, and a production assistant. Around this time, he played piano on some of B.B. King’s early albums. Later, he got the Kings of Rhythm back together, and they did some recording for Federal Records and Cobra/Artistic. Ike and his then-girlfriend Ann Bullock started the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in 1960. He changed Ann’s name to “Tina Turner” after a record executive gave them $20,000 for the song “A Fool in Love” and said Ann should be the star of his act. The Kings of Rhythm played with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, and a group of women singers called the Ikettes backed them up.
Phil Spector made the song “River Deep – Mountain High” in 1966 and signed Ike and Tina to his record label after Loma Records let them go. The single did very well in Europe, and Ike and Tina opened for the Rolling Stones on their 1966 tour of Britain. By the end of the decade, they were headlining in Las Vegas, and Turner released an album with the Kings of Rhythm called “A Black Man’s Soul” in 1969. The album got a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. Ike and Tina’s biggest hit was “Proud Mary,” which peaked at #4 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 and sold more than a million copies. The song won the couple a Grammy. Turner opened the Bolic Sound recording studio in 1972. Artists like Paul McCartney, Little Richard, and George Harrison all made records there. Ike’s solo albums, “Blues Roots” and “Bad Dreams,” came out in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Ike and Tina’s single “Nutbush City Limits” was the first song to win the Golden European Record Award after selling more than a million copies in Europe.
The Ike and Tina Turner Revue ended in 1976, and Tina left Ike in July of that year. Ike’s drug use and multiple arrests made it hard for him to find success as a solo artist. After he served time in prison, he sold 20 masters that he and Tina had never put out to Esquire Records. After Salt-N-Pepa used his song “I’m Blue (The Gong Gong Song)” in their 1993 hit “Shoop,” he got about $500,000 in royalties. Soon after that, he got the Ikettes back together and started performing as the Ike Turner Revue. Turner was in the 2003 documentary series “Martin Scorsese’s The Blues.” In 2006, he released the solo album “Risin’ With the Blues,” which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Life at home:
Ike said he was married 14 times, and sometimes he remarried before he was legally divorced from his previous wife. On April 10, 1948, when he was 16, he married Edna Dean Stewart. They broke up when Edna decided she no longer wanted to live in Clarksdale. Turner married Velma Davis on September 19, 1950. She said Ike was the father of their daughter, Linda, but Turner said that wasn’t true. Ike then married Rosa Lee Sane, but after her family put her in a mental hospital, he never saw her again, even though he tried to get her out. On September 24, 1952, he married Marion Louis Lee, also known as Bonnie Turner, who was a singer and pianist for the Kings of Rhythm. She left him for another man in 1953, and they got a divorce two years later. Ike married Annie Mae Wilson, who played piano in his band, in the middle of the 1950s. When they moved to Illinois, she left him for a police officer. He then started dating Lorraine Taylor, and the two of them had two sons: Ike Jr. (born in October 1958) and Michael (born February 1960).
Turner met Ann Bullock, better known as Tina Turner, in 1957. When Tina got pregnant by Ike’s saxophonist Raymond Hill, the couple moved in with Ike and Lorraine. Hill broke up with her before the birth of their son Craig, and she later started dating Turner. In October 1960, Ronnie, their son, was born. They got married in 1962 and started the band Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Tina has said that Ike was violent and unfaithful to her while they were married, which made her try to kill herself in 1968. Tina filed for divorce in July 1976, and Ike got to keep their publishing royalties and Tina’s share of the Bolic Sound recording studio, real estate, and publishing companies. Ike wrote in his autobiography, “Yes, I have hit Tina. We got into fights, and sometimes I didn’t think before I punched her to the ground. I never hit her, though.” Turner was married to Margaret Ann Thomas from 1981 to 1989, Jeanette Bazzell from 1995 to 2000, and Audrey Madison from 2006 to 2007. He met Margaret in the 1960s, and they had a daughter named Mia in January 1969. In 1988, he found out that Twant to, whose mother is Pat Richard, was his daughter.
Ike was arrested many times, for things like having cocaine in 1980, shooting a newspaper delivery man in 1981, and driving under the influence of cocaine in 1990. (which earned him 18 months in prison). Turner’s addiction to cocaine led to a hole in the wall of his nose. In the early 2000s, he was diagnosed with emphysema and had to use an oxygen tank. After he died, an autopsy showed that he had the drug Seroquel in his body, which is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. Audrey Madison, who was his ex-wife, and Falina Rasool, who was his personal assistant and caretaker, both said that Ike was bipolar.
Shortly before he died, Ike went into seclusion, and he told Falina Rasool that he thought he was dying and wouldn’t make it to Christmas. Turner’s prediction came true just two days later, and on December 12, 2007, he died at his home in San Marcos, California. On December 21, his funeral was held at the City of Refuge Church, and Little Richard, Phil Spector, and Solomon Burke all gave speeches. At Ike’s funeral, the Kings of Rhythm played “Proud Mary” and “Rocket 88.” After the service, Ike’s body was burned. In January 2008, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Turner died from a cocaine overdose, along with other serious conditions like hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema. Ike didn’t leave a valid will when he died. His ex-wife Audrey Madison filed a petition saying that Turner had named her as a beneficiary in a handwritten will, but a judge ruled that the will wasn’t valid and that Ike’s adult children were the rightful heirs to his estate under state law.
Nominations and Awards:
Turner was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2001, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2002, Guitar Center’s RockWalk in 2005, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2005, the Clarksdale Walk of Fame in 2010, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2015, and the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame in 2016. (2015). In 2004, he was given the Memphis Heroes Award. In 2007, he was given the Mojo Legend Award, and in 1991, the song “Rocket 88” was added to the Blues Hall of Fame. Ike was nominated for seven Grammys. “Proud Mary” won Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group in 1972, and “Risin’ with the Blues” won Best Traditional Blues Album in 2007. The Grammy Hall of Fame includes the songs “Rocket 88,” “River Deep – Mountain High,” and “Proud Mary.” Ike and Tina were added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and “Rocket 88” made it in 2018. Turner also won a Blues Music Award for “Here and Now,” which was named Comeback Album of the Year.