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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.