Ike and Tina Turner with record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios
in Los Angeles, California, 1966.
Phil Spector produced the Ike and Tina Turner track ’River Deep, Mountain High’ and inducted them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. During his eulogy at Turner’s funeral in 2007
Phil said, “Ike made Tina the jewel she was… I have an ambivalence towards Oprah Winfrey. She made Tina Turner’s book into a bestseller which demonized and vilified Ike. The book wouldn’t have sold 10 books. It was badly written. It was a piece of trash and because Oprah idolized Tina she didn’t feel it wrong to vilify a brother.” He also said the “What’s Love Got to Do With It” biopic was a “piece of trash movie”. Spector is currently
serving a prison sentence for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
Photos by Ray Avery