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Ike & Tina Turner with the Ikettes (Ann Thomas, Paulette Parker, Pat Powdrill and Jean Brown) in 1968.

Ike and Tina Turner with the Ikettes (Ann Thomas, Paulette Parker, Pat Powdrill and Jean Brown) in 1968.

The Ikettes were a trio (sometimes quartet) of female backing vocalists for the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Despite their origins, the Ikettes became successful artists in their own right. They were first known as the Artettes, the backing group for Art Lassiter. In 1960, they became the Ikettes and sang on the Ike and Tina song “A Fool In Love.” In 1962, they recorded a hit for themselves with I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song). In 1966 the original Ikettes (Venetta Fields, Jessie Smith and Robbie Montgomery) left the Revue to form The Mirettes. They were replaced and throughout the years there were many different lineups of Ikettes.

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Ike and Tina Turner with their sons Michael (standing on the left), Ike Jr (sitting on the left), Craig (standing on the right) and Ronnie (sitting on the right), circa 1971.

Ike Jr and Michael are Ike’s kids from a previous relationship with Lorraine Taylor. Craig is Tina’s eldest son she had at 18 years old with Raymond Hill, a saxophonist in Ike’s band the Kings of Rhythm. Raymond abandoned Tina and their unborn baby, Ike later adopted Craig and legally gave him his last name. Ronnie is Ike and Tina’s only child together born in 1960. She became pregnant with Ronnie while Ike’s common law wife Lorraine was pregnant with Michael. Ike and Tina married in 1962. Tina became pregnant again in 1968 but she had an abortion when she discovered one of the Ikettes, Ann Thomas was also pregnant with Ike’s baby. Ike later married Ann Thomas after his divorce from Tina.

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Ike and Tina Turner with their sons Michael (standing on the left) Ike Jr (sitting on the left), Craig (standing on the right) and Ronnie (sitting on the right) in 1972.

Ike Jr and Michael are Ike’s kids from a previous relationship with Lorraine Taylor. Craig is Tina’s son from a former relationship with Raymond Hill, former saxophonist in Ike’s band the Kings of Rhythm. After Raymond abandoned Tina and their baby Ike adopted Craig and legally gave him his last name. Ronnie is Ike and Tina’s only child together. In her autobiography Tina reveals she became pregnant again in 1968 but she had an abortion when she discovered one of the Ikettes, Ann Thomas was also pregnant with Ike’s baby.

Ike & Tina Turner and The Ikettes (1968)  

The Ikettes were a trio

(sometimes quartet) an of female backing vocalists for the Ike

&

Tina Turner Revue.

Despite their origins, the Ikettes became successful artists in their own right.  First known as the Artettes, the trio later changed it’s name and began to record in 1960 on the record “A Fool In Love.”

The following year they recorded a hit for themselves with I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song).

In 1965 the most well-known trio of Venetta Fields, Jessie Smith and Robbie Montgomery left the Ike & Tina Turner revue to record under the name The Mirettes. They were replaced and throughout the years they’ve been many different Ikettes.