Rock n’ Roll pioneer Ike Turner died earlier today at his home in San Marcos, California at the age of 76 from (so far) unknown causes (read the New York Times Obituary). I can’t comment on the man’s personal life (having never read “I, Tina” nor having seen “What’s Love Got to Do With It”), but I can say the man’s influence on rock ‘n roll (and the music’s role in the desegregation movement) is monumental. And then there’s that whole ‘discovered Tina Turner’ bit, which had no small impact itself….
I saw Turner perform some years back at a Blues fest, and the man simply kicked every other act’s ass up and down that stage in terms of sheer performance and energy. So for me, the man remains worthy of honoring (at least in terms of his work). To that end, enjoy this clip featuring the original recording of ‘Rocket 88′, the bona-fide first rock n’ roll record.
The original recording of Rocket 88 by Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm (recorded as ‘Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats’).