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ME: Ike Turner died of cocaine overdose

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The San Diego County medical examiner's office said Wednesday the cause of musician Ike Turner's death last month was cocaine overdose.

Recording Academy remembers Ike

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. rock 'n' roll legend Ike Turner may have died, but his musical legacy will never be forgotten, The Recording Academy said Wednesday.

Tina keeping mum about Ike's death

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. rock icon Tina Turner did not have much to say about the death of her former husband, Ike, in San Marcos, Calif., Wednesday.

Musician Ike Turner dead at 76

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Famed rock 'n' roll musician Ike Turner has died at his home near San Diego at age 76.

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Turner bears no grudge against St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, July 28 (UPI) -- R&B pioneer Ike Turner says he bears no ill will toward the mayor of St. Louis, who turned down a request to make Sept. 2 "Ike Turner Day" in the city.

Mayor rejects Ike Turner Day

ST. LOUIS, July 19 (UPI) -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay rejected a request to honor Ike Turner, the iconic musician who admitted to hitting his ex-wife, entertainer Tina Turner.

LA cops wrong about Ike Turner

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (UPI) -- Ike Turner's past came back to haunt him unjustly in Los Angeles this week when an 18-year-old felony drug warrant popped up on police computers.

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Bluesman Little Milton dead at 71

MEMPHIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The gritty Delta bluesman known as Little Milton has died in Memphis a week after a stroke left him comatose. He was 71.

Ike Turner sues over stolen Hendrix guitar

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Legendary rocker Ike Turner has lost two heirloom guitars, apparently to theft, "Celebrity Justice" reported Tuesday.
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Ike Turner
Ike Turner (L) holds the Grammy he won for "Risin' With The Blues" as Ike Turner stands next to him at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Phil McCarten)

Ike Wister Turner (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer. His first recording, "Rocket 88" by "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats," in 1951, is considered by some to be the "first rock and roll song" ever. However, he is best known for his work with his ex-wife Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner revue. Spanning a career that lasted half a century, Ike's repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. Alongside his former wife, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Turner won two Grammy Awards.

Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on November 5, 1931, to Beatrice Cushenberry, a seamstress and Izear Luster Turner, a Baptist minister. Ike was the younger of two siblings, he had an elder sister, Lee Ethel. Ike got his first taste of pleasing an audience at the age of eight working at the local Clarksdale radio station, WROX, located in the Alcazar Hotel in downtown Clarksdale. A man in charge of the station put Turner to work as he watched the record turntables. Said Turner:

Turner was soon carrying amplifiers for blues singer Robert Nighthawk, who often played live on WROX. Ike was mesmerized by Nighthawk's playing, but nothing could equal the experience of hearing Pinetop Perkins on piano for the first time. Growing up, his idol Pinetop Perkins helped teach the young Ike to play boogie-woogie on the piano. Ike soon was enamored of other blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Charley Booker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Little Walter

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