Izear Turner Jr.

Izear Luster Turner Jr. (1931 - 2007)

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Izear Luster "Ike" Turner Jr.
Born in Clarksdale, Coahoma, Mississippi, USAmap
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Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
Died in San Marcos, San Diego, California, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Nov 2015
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Categories: Grammy Award Winners of the 20th Century | Blues Hall of Fame | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Clarksdale, Mississippi | American Musicians | Famous Musicians of the 20th Century | Guitarists | African American Unconnected Profiles | Notables.

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  • Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1991
  • Inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame, 2005
  • His guitar track on Prancing (1959) was rated #64 on Mojo Magazine's list of 100 best main guitar for a single
  • Rated #61 on David Fricke's list of Top 100 Guitarists for Rolling Stone
  • Turner claims to have witnessed his father beaten and left for dead by a white mob. Another version of the story is that he was mortally injured in an industrial accident.
  • Inspired to take up the piano, his first instrument, upon hearing legendary boogie woogie pianist Pinetop Perkins
  • Worked at radio WROX in Clarksdale, one of the first station with a black DJ, and playing blues records. He gradually worked into his own afternoon show as DJ
  • The song "Rocket 88" (1951) by Turner's band, the Kings of Rhythm, is a contender as first rock and roll song. The song was written in the car on the way to a recording session at Sun Studio in nearby Memphis, TN. (Pre-Elvis.)
  • In addition to live performances, Turner worked as a session musician, record producer and talent scout.
  • Married at least five times. He claimed it was 13, but this has not been not documented.
  • Two sons with common law wife, Loraine Taylor
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  • Song sample: Rocket 88 on keyboards
  • Song sample: Gettin' Nasty on keyboards
  • Song sample: Proud Mary w/wife Tina Turner
  • Problems with drug addication (cocaine & crack) and domestic violence


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