Turner, Izear Luster Jr.

Born: Nov 05, 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Singer

1931 - Izear Luster Turner, Jr. was born November 5th, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the heart of the segregated South.

1955 - Turner moved the Kings of Rhythm to East St. Louis, where they rose to the top of the local R&B circuit; Brenston rejoined, and the group also continued its session activity.

1956 - One was a teenaged singer originally from Tennessee named Anna Mae Bullock, who met Turner. She joined the revue, and moved into Turner's house after becoming pregnant by the band's sax player.

1958 - She and Turner began their own relationship and had a child of their own, and was married.

1959 - Renamed Tina, Turner's new (and latest) wife got her first chance to sing lead on a recording, cutting "A Fool in Love" for the Sue label.

1962 - He and Tina got married.

1966 - When producer Phil Spector attempted a commercial comeback around Tina, he struck a deal with Turner: in exchange for being allowed to record Tina, Ike would receive full credit and billing on the records, but Ike would also not be allowed to set foot in the studio or to meddle with the finished recordings.

1969 - Ike and Tina were invited to open for the Rolling Stones, and Turner realized that changing times had made the Revue's rough, nasty brand of soul music more palatable to white rock audiences.

1973-1975 - Turner incorporated contemporary rock & roll covers into the Revue's repertoire, giving them a whole new lease on life. Versions of "Come Together," "I Want to Take You Higher," and "Proud Mary" revived Ike & Tina's chart fortunes -- especially "Proud Mary," which became their first Top Five pop single in 1971 and also won a Grammy. However, Turner's off-stage problems were taking their toll on the act; "Nutbush City Limits," a song written by Tina, would be their last major hit, and Tina walked out on him in the middle of a tour.

1976 - The Turners' divorce was finalized the following year, and Ike never quite recovered from the loss.

1982 - Turner's cocaine addiction drained most of his finances, and his recording studio burned to the ground.

1988 - He was convicted for drug possession.

1991 - When he and Tina were jointly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was unable to attend the ceremony because he was serving prison time.

1995 - Married Jeanette on July 4th.

1999 - His autobiography, -Takin' Back My Name, was published by a U.K. company.

2001 - He released a new album, "Here and Now", which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album category; it was also nominated for several W.C. Handy Awards (the blues equivalent of the Grammys) and took honors for Comeback Album of the Year. Risin' with the Blues, released five years later, was nominated for a Grammy in the same category.

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