Ike Turner was a DJ and self-taught pianist and guitarist.
Ike Wister Turner was born on November 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Ike actually was influential in rock ‘n’ roll. The Kings of Rhythm was formed as they were around 1948. This group impressed both B B King and then Sam Phillips, who signed The Kings to Sun Records, issuing the hugely influential Rocket 88. The band moved to St Louis, where they became one of the most highly regarded acts. The leader operated a strict “no alcohol/no drugs” policy that was to resonate paradoxically in his later life.
Annie Mae Bullock (Tina), the daughter of sharecroppers, joined Turner’s touring band as a backup vocalist in 1956, when she was 18. In 1959 they found Ike & Tina Turner duo. The partnership would result in one of popular music’s most combustible sounds.