Ike Turner, a Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 76 One of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, Ike Turner, died Wednesday at age 76. Turner cut what is arguably one of the first rock 'n' roll records — Rocket 88 — with his band, The Kings of Rhythm. But he may be best known as the abusive ex-husband of Tina Turner, with whom he performed for many years.
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Ike Turner, a Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 76

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Ike Turner, a Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 76

Ike Turner, a Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 76

Ike Turner, a Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 76

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One of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, Ike Turner, died Wednesday at age 76.

Turner cut what is arguably one of the first rock 'n' roll records — Rocket 88 — with his band, The Kings of Rhythm. But he may be best known as the abusive ex-husband of Tina Turner, with whom he performed for many years. After their separation, Ike Turner continued to make music.

This year, his record Risin' With the Blues won a Grammy for traditional blues album.