Image #: 4079394    Ike Turner holds the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album, for "Risin With the Blues" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in this February 11, 2007 photo. Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner, whose achievements as one of the founding fathers of the genre were overshadowed by ex-wife Tina Turner's claims that he regularly beat her for almost two decades, died on December 12, 2007 at his home near San Diego. He was 76.  REUTERS/Mike Blake /Landov

Ike Turner


Recognized as one of rock and roll's pioneering artists, Ike Wister Turner served as an arranger, artist and talent scout for some of the most influential record labels of the '50s and 60's. The Mississippi native is also the founder of the groundbreaking band the Kings of Rhythm, but is best known for his work with ex-wife Tina Turner during the '60s and '70s. Together, Ike and Tina Turner recorded hits like "Proud Mary," "River Deep, Mountain High" and "A Fool in Love." Tina Turner's biography, I, Tina, as well as the biopic on her life, What's Love Got to Do With It?, depicted Ike as a controlling drug-addicted abuser. However, despite the criticism, his addiction and legal issues, the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer continued to perform and record until his death in December 2007.