Ike Turner—Dead at 76

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Sadly, Ike Turner was better known as a wife beater and coke head than one of the fathers of rock and roll. Last year, he released Rising with the Blues, a defiant, biographical statement of purpose that offered no excuses or apologies for his mistakes and past indiscretions. His searing guitar work certainly laid the foundation for rock and roll even though it was always based in the blues and R&B. Not surprisingly, Tina Turner has been mum on Ike’s demise as her claims of being on the losing end of the back of her ex-husband’s hand are well documented in books and on film. Overshadowed by the nasty rumors and facts surrounding Ike Tuner was his genuine talent, both as a talent scout and as a musician. Turner’s personal demons were apparent in his music as well as his personal life, and his menacing and intense stage presence certainly manifested itself outside of his musical realm. Even though Ike Turner never asked for it, forgiveness might finally be what he receives. -- Darryl Smyers

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