Legendary American singer Tina Turner has described how she was forced to watch a live sex show on the night she married blues musician Ike Turner. She told the Mail on Sunday the "experience was so disturbing I suppressed it, scratched it out". But she later revealed she had suffered years of abuse at his hands.
Tina tried to take her own life
Effusively praised by white rock luminaries like the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin, Tina was unquestionably the star of the show, with a hugely powerful, raspy voice that ranks among the all-time soul greats. For all their concert presence, the Turners sometimes had problems translating their strong points to record; they cut singles for an endless succession of large and small independent labels throughout their career, and suffered from a shortage of the strong original material that artists with more stable homes Motown, Atlantic, Stax, etc. The couple's well-documented marital difficulties a mild way of describing Ike's violent, drug-fueled cruelty eventually dissolved their partnership in the mid-'70s. Tina, of course, went on to become an icon and a symbol of survival after the resurgence of her solo career in the '80s, but it was the years she spent with Ike that made the purely musical part of her legend. Izear Luster "Ike" Turner, Jr. Not long after, Turner switched from piano to guitar, and he and his band became a prolific session outfit in Memphis, backing various Sun artists and bluesmen during the early '50s.
Her parents were poor sharecroppers, who split up and left Turner and her sister to be raised by their grandmother. As a teen, Tina immersed herself in St. But she did admit that she was drawn to his voice. She got up to sing his version of B.
The duo began performing together in , and married in Their later works are noted for interpretive re-arrangements of rock songs such as " Come Together ", " Honky Tonk Woman ", and " Proud Mary ", the latter of which won them a Grammy Award in Pitchfork listed their album River Deep — Mountain High among the best of its era. Louis, Missouri. Louis, Illinois. Love eventually convinced Turner to relocate his band from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Louis and neighboring East St.