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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Origins of Rock-Ike Turner

I honestly don't know what to do with this SOB. Born and raised in Clarksdale Mississippi. The same home town of Muddy Waters, Jackie Brenston, Johnny O'Neil, Son House, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Boyd. Where Hwy 49 and 61 meet. The legendary "crossroads" where blues musicians meet the Devil. At 20 years old, his band recorded a song called "Rocket 88" Considered to be the first rock and roll song. The credits were messed up a little and the song was named to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats. A legendary feud began between Ike and Jackie at that time. It was Ike's Band.

The high energy of the song set the stage for everything that came after. If you thought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis started Rock. They actually rode in on the coattails of this 1951 song. I can't give Ike the enthusiastic praise I would like to because of how he treated Tina Turner. What do I do? She was a driven singer, but she was driven out to the edge by him.

Ike Turner was there at the very beginning. He may very well have started the sound of Rock as we know it today. Someone once said Rock and Roll is a vicious game. Ike Turner was the Ty Cobb of music.

Here's a little more History: http://www.rockabilly.nl/artists/brenstonturner.htm