Category: Ike and Tina turner


Ike & 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 1970.

Ike Jr and Michael are Ike’s kids from a previous relationship with Lorraine Taylor. Craig (1958-2018) was 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 when she was pregnant. 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 Turner photographed by Richard Avedon in New York on June 13, 1971.

Ike & Tina Turner photographed by Norman Seeff, 1975.


Ike and Tina Turner during their UK tour with the Rolling Stones in 1966.

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


Ike and Tina Turner performing at the Newport Pop Festival in Northridge, California on June 20, 1969.

Photos by Ed Caraeff


Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 10 Greatest Duos of All Time

1. The Everly Brothers (Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986)  

2. Ike & Tina Turner (Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991)


Simon & Garfunkel (Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990)


The Louvin Brothers

(Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001)

5. Eric B. & Rakim

6. The White Stripes

7. Outkast

8. Richard & Linda Thompson

9. Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra

10. The Carpenters 


Tina Turner celebrating her 33rd birthday with husband Ike Turner in Copenhagen, November 1972.

Backstage The Top of the Pops

The Rolling Stones (1964)

The Supremes (1965)

Ike & Tina Turner (1966)

Cher (1966)

Jimi Hendrix (1967)

Shirley Bassey (1968)


Ike and Tina Turner photographed by Norman Seeff, 1975.

Norman Seeff’s shoot with husband-and-wife R&B duo Ike and Tina Turner was among the most memorable of his career. As his first filmed session, the footage was riveting. “They performed an amazing version of ‘Nutbush City Limits’ right there in my studio. There was incredible energy and vitality between them.” He recalls that the couple’s contrasting personalities made their interactions all the more compelling. “Tina was a whirlwind of freedom and spontaneity,” he says. “She was teasing Ike, trying to get him to loosen up, but there was an edge about it. It was as if she was challenging him just a bit. It felt almost dangerous but at the same time ecstatically creative.” Ike on the other hand was reserved and controlled. “He was very charismatic. He had a regal, majestic quality about him, and a tremendous sense of who he was.”