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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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Coming up in just a few minutes, a chat with ALL SONGS CONSIDERED host Bob Boilen about the best songs of 2007 as chosen by listeners. First, a minute to remember one of the fathers of rock 'n' roll. Ike Turner died today at age 76. Back in 1951, Turner helped record what is one of the first rock 'n' roll records, "Rocket 88," with his band The Kings of Rhythm.

He may be best known as the abusive ex-husband of Tina Turner, with whom he performed for many years. He made a public acknowledgment and apology for that. After their separation, Ike Turner continued to make music. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And earlier this year, his record "Risin' With the Blues" won a Grammy for traditional blues album.

(Soundbite of song "Goin' Home Tomorrow")

Mr. IKE TURNER (Musician): (Singing) Going home tomorrow, can't stand your evil way. Going home tomorrow, can't stand your evil way. 'Cause when you're around me…

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