Thursday, December 13, 2007

I liked Ike

Good bye Ike Turner. Thanks for what you did for rock music. You were a pioneer and the most significant identifier of pioneers is the arrows in their backs.
But you sure knew how to spot talent, didn't you?
Man those legs!, I heard she could sing too!
All kidding aside, rock put something back into music that academia had leached out over the centuries.
Remember this, Ike, all the fancy schmancy orchestras of the world depend on donations, whereas you worked for and made a living and earned your keep.
Musicians who depend on donations to cover the fact that ticket sales don't pay are known as street musicians or buskers.
When highly paid, famous musicians busk anonymously they do no better than the honest ones.
Million dollar salaries for musicians who are basically begging in the street smells of a bit of brimstone knowhuttImsaay'n?

I'm going to sneak downtown today and get something for Meredith for Christmas (my Meredith, not David's Meredith [MTT's close personal friend])
And also go to city hall for some Medieval Woman's Choir.
Medieval Women!
If they are still around, maybe I still have a shot at Emily.
O, I love the colorful clothes they wear, and the way the sunlight shines through their mummified skin.

Beethoven's birthday Sunday.
Celebrate on Monday if you want.


Blogger Lane Savant said...

O.K. the women weren't medieval.
Just the music was.

1:18 PM  
Blogger butch said...

If people are interested in the Ike and Tina story, they need to check out WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?, with Laurence Fishburne as Ike, and Angela Bassett as lovely abused and talented Tina.

Ike Wister Turner (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner duo. 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 died at 76 years old at his home in San Marcos, California, near San Diego. [1]

Many sources state Turner's real name to be "Izear Luster Turner, Jr." however, in his autobiography Takin' Back My Name, it is stated as "Ike Wister Turner." In the book, Turner explains about this confusion. His father, Izear Luster Turner, was a minister for the local church. Turner had thought he was named Izear Luster Turner, Jr. after his father, until he found out that his name was registered as Ike Wister Turner while applying for his first passport. He never got to discover the origin of his name, as by the time he discovered it, his parents were both dead.

Music career
Ike Turner's actual music career began in earnest in the late-1940s where he formed a group whom he christened The Kings of Rhythm. In 1951, the band recorded what historians have debated as "the first rock and roll record"[4] with "Rocket 88", listed on the charts as Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats. Brenston was both the band's saxophonist and the leading vocalist of the song and Turner was the original writer though credits initially stated that Brenston had written it also. The song was one of the first examples of guitar distortion, which happened by accident when one of the amplifiers dropped before the recording. Ike and the Kings of Rhythm settled into local fame in St. Louis where the band locally recorded for a St. Louis label and even appeared on local television shows. Throughout this early period, Turner became a recording scout and A&R man for independent record companies including Sun Records - where "Rocket 88" was recorded, helping the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James and Otis Rush get signed. He also became a sideman playing guitar for these blues acts and more. Musically, Turner was known for his hard-hitting guitar style. He was known to put the whammy bar of his Fender Stratocaster to frequent use.

Turner's music career changed drastically after meeting a teenage singer from Nutbush, Tennessee, named Anna Mae Bullock, who demandingly grabbed a microphone during a singing session at one of St. Louis' nightspots and sang a BB King song in her now-trademark throated raspy vocals. Bullock's performance impressed Ike so much he allowed Anna to join his band as a background singer. However within a year, Ike's plans for Bullock changed after Anna recorded what he originally stated was a demo for a song that was to be sung by a male vocalist. After hearing her vocals, he let it be released under an independent label and in the process changed the name of the singer from Anna Mae Bullock to Tina Turner - naming her after Sheena - and the name of the band to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. That song, "A Fool in Love", became a national hit in early 1960, reaching the top three in the R&B charts and becoming a top thirty pop hit in the process. From then until 1976, Ike and Tina Turner became one of the most explosive duos in rock & soul music. The creation of the revue also led to the soul revues of the 1960s. Inspired by Ray Charles, Turner created a trio of sexy background singers and dancers who were named The Ikettes who often had their moves choreographed by Tina and Ike. The Turners eventually scored several hit singles including "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "River Deep - Mountain High", "I Want To Take You Higher", "Proud Mary", and "Nutbush City Limits" over thirteen years.

The success the duo contributed eventually led to the creation of the Los Angeles-based Bolic Sounds studio, founded by Ike. However, after Tina abruptly left Ike after a violent altercation in 1976, Ike lost ground in the national music market. As a solo artist, he struggled to find success after Tina and after releasing two failed solo albums, had found himself facing drug and weapons charges, in which he was convicted of in 1989. Shortly after Ike's release from prison in 1993, the musician went back on the road and back into recording music, which continued until his death. In 2001, Ike released the Grammy-nominated Here & Now album. Three years later, he was awarded with an "Heroes Award" from the Memphis charter of NARAS. In 2005, he appeared on the Gorillaz' album, Demon Days, playing piano on the track, "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead". He played live with the band on the band's world tour to that particular song. In 2007, Ike won his first solo Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for the album, Risin' With the Blues. Before his death, a collaboration between Turner and the rock band, The Black Keys, by Gorillaz' producer Danger Mouse was expected for release next year.

Personal life
Turner is said to have been married 14 times but he has only been known to have married four times publicly. Turner's first marriage was to Lorraine Taylor, who had two sons with Ike. The facts surrounding his second marriage, to Anna Mae Bullock (otherwise known as Tina Turner), have been hotly debated. It is believed that Ike married Tina in 1962 due to worries over being sued for child support and alimony payments by Taylor. The ceremony is claimed to have taken place in Tijuana, Mexico, and Tina had a son with Ike. However, their marriage was overshadowed by Ike's constant abuse towards her. Eventually, Tina left him after an especially violent dispute which escalated while riding to a hotel before a show in Dallas in 1976.[citation needed] Tina later filed for divorce and it was finalized in 1978 with Ike keeping every asset attained during the marriage. Ike is said to have openly cheated on Tina with other women, one of which was former Ikette Ann Thomas, whom he had a baby by and whom he later married in 1981. In 1995, he married yet another Ikette, Jeanette Bazzell. Ike has four known children: sons, Ike Jr., Michael and Ronald and daughter, Mia.[5]

In the mid-1980s, Turner suffered a brush with the law when he was convicted of drug-related charges and sentenced to several years in a California state prison. Turner was still in prison pleading parole when he and Tina were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, which Tina accepted on his behalf.

In 2001, Turner's long-awaited autobiography, Takin' Back My Name, was published. In Tina Turner's 1986 autobiography I, Tina, later filmed as What's Love Got to Do with It?, Tina accused Ike of violent spousal abuse, which Ike repeatedly denied for many years. However, in his 2001 autobiography Ike admitted, "Sure, I've slapped Tina... There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her."

Turner has attributed many problems off the stage to his drug and alcohol addiction and intense use of cocaine, resulting in his abusive behavior and relationship with his wife and children. Since being released from prison in 1993, Turner had maintained sobriety and continued playing music.

On October 17, 2007, in a telephone interview conducted by satellite radio personality, Howard Stern, Ike claimed that he and Tina Turner were never actually married, though he did not explain why they shared the same last name.[citation needed]

Ike Turner died in his home on December 12, 2007. The cause of death was not immediately released but Jeanette Bazzell Turner reported that he had emphysema.[6]

Nice to hear that you are an old softie, and that you are sculking off downtown to purchase some sort of present for your wonderful spouse, Meredith. Melva and I have not exchanged gifts in over a decade. We started flying to Texas to visit her folks and sisters, and that expense, especially when we still had the three daughters to pay for to, was a bust to our budget; and therefore extra presents were not indicated. Since we were not home on Christmas, we just stopped putting up Christmas decorations as well. There is a kind of liberation there by stepping aside and just not buying into the traditional holiday bunk. Melva made it to Baltimore, and when she called me she had second grandson, Austin Gunnar coo into the phone as he was crapping his britches; not bad for a dude only three weeks old, enit?

The other two daughters, Leslie and Andrea will come over with their significant others on Christmas Eve to cook up the old man some holiday grub, and maybe play cards and some shit. That will be cool. Then a married couple, friends of Melva and me, have invited me over for Christmas breakfast. Other friends have invited me to stop by their family gathering on Christmas afternoon. I will bypass that offer. When I was single, married friends used to do the pity party for me, and it was damned difficult to endure. No thanks. I will probably be in a movie theatre on Christmas, snarfing popcorn and nachos, and digging the cinema scene.

About the Choir...

Established in 1990, the Medieval Women’s Choir studies and performs medieval music. The group is based in Seattle, Washington, and is led by Margriet Tindemans, an early strings player of international renown. Percussionist Peggy Monroe, and soloists Ann Glusker, Marian Seibert and Linda Strandberg perform regularly with the choir; visiting soloists and instrumentalists are frequently featured in concert. Nancy Zylstra provides additional vocal coaching.

The sixty-voice choir presents three concerts per year at different venues — local churches, synagogues, and performance halls. Choir members have also sung at homeless shelters, for school and library audiences, and with the "Seattle Presents" program at City Hall. They have opportunities for individual and group classes in vocal and movement technique and, under Ms. Tindemans' direction, explore the history, languages, and cultures of the medieval period (500-1500 C.E.). The choir released its first recording, River of Red - O Rubor Sanguinis: Music by Hildegard of Bingen , in October 2006.

Emily might be there, dude, so keep an anxious eye peeled.


6:05 AM  
Blogger butch said...

Damned computers. I just finished another long and inspired comment, and when I hit the publish button, it just "disappeared", with no message saying the comment was accepted for the Lanes perusal. Does that mean it's lost in turgid cyberspace? Who the hell knows?

I LIKE IKE takes me back, sir to 1957, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. There was that terrific joke going around when we were 12 years old.

A woman had identical twin boys and she named them Mike and Ike. The only trouble was they were so absolutely identical that she could not tell them apart. She took them to the family doctor and asked what to do. "How can I tell them apart?" she asked. "Simple," said the doctor,"Give them both a laxative, and put one on each knee. The one that shits on your first will be Ike."


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