Happy Birthday Ike Turner

Izear Luster Turner (Ike Turner to the world) was born on November 05, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Although now mostly known as a tabloid caricature of a very bad man, Turner was an important figure in the development of early rhythm & blues.

He was not only a pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, he was a bandleader, songwriter, arranger, producer, talent scout, label owner, studio owner and booking agent.

To say that he was “self-made” man is an understatement.

Here is a nineteen-year old Ike rocking the 88’s behind Howlin’ Wolf on an illicit session for Joe Bihari,

Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf: vocal & harmonica /

Ike Turner: piano /

Willie Johnson: guitar & bass / Willie Steel: drums

Recorded at KWEM Radio Station, October 02, 1951

My Baby Stole Off (2:58) (Chester Burnett)



Here is Ike, again on piano, leading his through a blistering follow-up to ‘Rocket 88’

Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats

Jackie Brenston: vocal /

Ike Turner: piano /

Willie Kizart: guitar / Willie Sims: drums

Unknown: saxophones & trumpet

Recorded in Memphis, May / June 1951

My Real Gone Rocket (2:27)



Another guitar instrumental, released under the Icky Renrut alias

Icky Renrut

Ike Turner: guitar /

Fred Sample: piano / Jesse Knight, Jr.: bass /

John “Bootie Lip” Wings: drums

Recorded at Techinsonic Studios, Clayton, MO, August 1959

Ho-Ho (Ike Turner) (2:30)


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