Ike & Tina Turner were a highly acclaimed R&B husband-wife duo with a great deal of crossover appeal that became famous during the 1960s and early 1970s. They began performing together in 1960 as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, accompanied by a group of backup singers known as the Ikettes along with Ike Turner's band, the Kings of Rhythm. Ike & Tina Turner's signature sound came from a unique mix of R&B, soul, funk, and rock as can be heard in their long string of hits that consisted mainly of Ike Turner-penned songs and various rock and R&B covers. They were well known for their electrifying live performances fueled in large part by lead singer Tina Turner (b. Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) with her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence.
Ike & Tina Turner debuted in 1960 with "A Fool In Love," which reached #2 on the R&B charts and became a Pop/Rock Top 40 hit. This smash was followed on both charts by "I Idolize You" (1960), "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" (1961), "Poor Fool" (1961), and "Tra La La La La" (1962). Other hits for which the duo became well known include "River Deep-Mountain High" (1966), a lush soul/pop ballad produced and co-written by Phil Spector which was inducted years later into the Grammy Hall of Fame (1999). Ike & Tina Turner's fame had a resurgence in the late 1960s with such hits as "Bold Soul Sister" (1969), "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" (1971), "Nutbush City Limits" (1973), and their covers of The Beatles' "Come Together" (1970) and Sly & The Family Stone's "I Want To Take You Higher" (1970). They had their biggest hit in 1971 with their gripping, hard-driving cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary," which became a Top 5 hit on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts. This oldies classic, which starts off slow with a spoken introduction, won them a Grammy in 1972 for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group and later became their second song to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (2003).
Ike & Tina Turner were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and their many other honors and accolades include being ranked #2 on Rolling Stone's list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time. The Turners' professional and personal relationship came to an end in 1976 when Tina Turner left after years of emotional and physical abuse from her husband who had become addicted to alcohol and cocaine. She re-emerged in the 1980s as a superstar solo artist, her fame far eclipsing that of Ike & Tina Turner.
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Ike and Tina Turner perform "Proud Mary" on The Ed Sullivan Show (January 11, 1970).
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Ike And Tina Turner
- Baby-Get It On 1975
- Come Together 1970
(This song previously topped the charts for the Beatles (1969) and later also became a hit for Aerosmith (1978).)
- A Fool In Love 1960
- I Idolize You 1960
- I Want To Take You Higher 1970
(This song was previously a hit for Sly & the Family Stone (1969).)
- I'm Jealous 1961
- I'm Yours (Use Me Anyway You Wanna) 1971
- It's Gonna Work Out Fine 1961
(Ike Turner can be heard from time to time answering Tina as if in spoken dialog.)
- Nutbush City Limits 1973
(This song later also became a hit for Bob Seger (1976).)
- Ooh Poo Pah Doo 1971
(This song was previously a hit for Jessie Hill (1960).)
- Poor Fool 1961
- Proud Mary 1971
(This song was previously a hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969), Solomon Burke (1969), and Checkmates, Ltd. (1969).)
- River Deep-Mountain High 1966
(This song recharted in 1969 for Ike & Tina Turner and also became a hit for Deep Purple (1969) and the Supremes & the Four Tops (1971).)
- Sexy Ida (Part 1) 1974
- Sweet Rhode Island Red 1974
- Tra La La La La 1962
- Up In Heah 1972
- Workin' Together 1970
- You Should'a Treated Me Right 1962
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