Category: the ikettes

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Former Ikette P.P. Arnold receives a kiss from her new husband Jim Morris and best man Barry Gibb on her wedding day in October 1968.

Vintage R&B Concert Posters

1. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – November 16, 1954

2. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – June 10, 1959

3. Oakland Auditorium (Oakland, California) – February 8, 1963

4. Exhibition Garden (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) – June 26, 1964

5. Wilmer’s Park (Brandywine, Maryland) – July 25, 1965

6. Veterans Memorial Auditorium (Columbus, Ohio) – October 25, 1965

7. Carr’s Beach (Annapolis, Maryland) – June 26, 1966

8. Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, Tennessee) – March 31, 1967

9. Shelby County Fairgrounds (Shelbina, Missouri) – July 27, 1968

10. Norfolk Arena (Norfolk, Virginia) – November 22, 1969

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 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1970.

(Photos by Glen Craig)  

Ike and Tina Turner on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1970.

(Photos by Glen Craig)  

Ike & Tina Turner performing at the Hungry I in San Francisco, October 1967.

Photos Baron Wolman

 

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

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

Attended by an estimated 200,000 fans on June 20–22, 1969, the festival billed as Newport 69 was the largest pop concert at that time. Ike and Tina performed on the first day of the 3-day festival. The festival’s lineup included Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A 3-day ticket cost $15. Hendrix was paid $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.

Fun Fact: Early in Jimi Hendrix’s career he briefly played in Ike and Tina’s band under the name Jimmy James. Ike fired him because his ostentatious guitar solos became “so elaborate they overstepped the bounds”.

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.