Category: ike turner


Ike & Tina Turner concert in New York City, 1974.

Photos by Peter Smetana


Little Richard and Ike Turner at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on April 2, 1998. 

Little Richard who was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986, and Ike Turner in 1991, were longtime friends. Little Richard was used Ike’s piano intro on “Rocket 88″ for his song “Good Golly, Miss Molly.” Ike also said he had Little Richard in mind when he wrote songs for Tina Turner to sing. Little Richard wrote the introduction for Ike’s autobiography Takin’ Back My Name (1999) and

also spoke at his funeral in 2007. 

Little Richard: “When they first came to Los Angeles, I used to go over every day and Ike would be there with Tina and all of them. I remember when Tina couldn’t sing like she can today. Ike came and asked me to teach her. He asked me, ‘How would you sing this song?’ And when I sang, he would tell Tina, ‘Now that’s what I want you to do.’ But when she talks today she never mentions my name.”

Ike & Tina Turner performing on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert – Aired: March 12, 1976


Ike & Tina Turner performing at Lovall’s Ballroom in Dallas, Texas in 1964. 

Ike Turner backstage at The Top of the Pops in 1966.


Ike & Tina Turner at London’s Heathrow airport in October 1975.

Ike & Tina Turner concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 28, 1971.

Ike & Tina Turner performing on French TV in 1972.


Ike & Tina Turner photographed by Baron Wolman for Rolling Stone at the Hungry I in San Francisco, October 1967.


Ike & Tina Turner performing at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, October 1975.

Photos by Michael Putland