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Famous R&B duo, Ike & Tina Turner were married together for 16 years from 1960 to 1976. A movie was made about their tumultuous relationship.

Rollin’ on the River

Tina Turner - Ebony Magazine - May 1971 - Cover

In 1971, Ike and Tina Turner and their Revue were mainstream. Late in 1970, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single to date, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies, later winning them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song’s parent album, ‘Workin’ Together’, became their most successful studio release, peaking at #25 on the Billboard 200.

The couple also toured Europe heavily, setting France on fire with a mythical concert at the Olympia or in The Netherlands with a show that would (years) later be released on DVD.
Later in 1971, a live album, Live at Carnegie Hall: What You Hear Is What You Get, was released, being certified gold in the U.S. That same year, they were reassigned to Liberty’s parent label, United Artists Records, after Liberty folded, releasing their later albums on United Artists.
With the money gained, Ike Turner built his own studio, Bolic Sound, a nightmarish maze of cameras, sex and cocaine where they would record the rest of their material.

 

T.T & The Jets

Tina Turner Jet MagazinesWhen you have had such a rich and long career as Tina Turner, being on the front cover of magazines and giving the public glimpse of your private life is an unfortunate part of the deal. Unfortunate for the artists but of course, a delight for the fans. Starting with her early career with Ike Turner to her rise to superstardom as a solo artist, Jet magazine, and her sister publication Ebony have followed Tina’s evolution and featured stories (of sometimes questionable taste) about her current work at the time and of her private life. One of my all-time favorite TINA magazine covers will always be this dramatic prophetic one entitled ‘ Trouble Trails Tina Turner’ published by Jet in 1976.


Published in small digest-sized format from its inception in 1951, Jet printed in all or mostly black-and-white until its December 27, 1999 issue. In 2009, Jet’s publishing format was changed; it was published every week with a double issue published once each month. Johnson Publishing Company published the final print issue, June 23, 2014, continuing solely as a digital magazine app. In 2016, Johnson Publishing sold Jet and its sister publication Ebony.

In 1986, Tina Turner and her life and music were the centers of the universe, Jet covered that special era in Tina’s career with an interview focusing on Tina’s biography and her violent history with Ike.


Jet contained fashion and beauty tips, entertainment news, dating advice, political coverage, health tips, and diet guides, in addition to covering events such as fashion shows. The cover photo usually corresponds to the focus of the main story. Some examples of cover stories might be a celebrity’s wedding, Mother’s Day, or a recognition of the achievements of a notable African American. Many issues are given coverage to show the African-American community that if they want to reach a goal, they have to be willing to work for it.

Back in 1997, Tina was heavily touring and promoting the gigantic Wildest Dreams Tour and appeared once again on the cover of Jet! More powerful and happier than ever, the star evokes her current world tour, her life between France and Switzerland and much more.

 

Comics TINA

Ike & Tina Turner Story - Comics 2017 - 2CDs

I had been waiting for years for BDMUSIC, a French publishing company, to release the story of Ike & Tina on comics for years. With previous releases about Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez it was predictable that Tina’s story would see the light of the day on such format at some point. The book is divided in 2 parts, the comics part in itself (28 pages) and a biography (both in French and English) together with a 2CDs set of Ike & Tina music from 1960 to 1962 and 1968 to 1969.

If the drawings are pretty well made and the book in itself looks nice, the content isn’t as good as fans could expect from such a release. The story told is more inspired from the movie ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ than from Ike or Tina personal biographies. So there’s a few inaccuracy in the story but I guess that’s wasn’t the aim of the author. Benoit Bonte tells the story of the notorious couple through big events of their life together, such as their meeting in St Louis, Tina’s first step on stage, life at home, the recording of River Deep Mountain High and the final split.

Having previously written comics on Jerry Lee Lewis & Howlin’ Wolf, Benoit Bonte has clearly a soft spot for Ike and for once, the rock’n’roll genius that he is, is not portrayed in a too devilish way. Concerning Tina, she seems quite transparent in the story, some lack of depth from her character, some inaccuracy and the slang language makes it hardly believable.

All in all, a huge expectation from the moment I heard this would come out and a small disappointment. The two CDS accompanying the book are also a letdown. The audio is correct but nothing exceptional and the tracklist is kind of surprising with songs such a River Deep or Proud Mary missing. But of course it is still a nice object for all the fans to add to your collection so if you feel like ordering it follow the link!

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Everything under the sun

Tina Turner - Australia Live .jpgIf you mention River Deep Mountain High to any music connaisseur, they’ll mention Tina Turner & Phil Spector. The masterpiece created by the two is the most famous songs of their collaboration but of course more B-sides and rare tracks have emerged over the years. And you can always count on a friend to get you back to those gems! Earlier today, TINA fan & friend Enrico send me remastered version of ‘A man is a man is man’, ‘Two to Tango’, ‘Down Down’ & ‘Watcha Gonna Do’ and offered to share them on the blog! So here their along with a very interesting story by David Young about Turner & Spector work.

‘The Story of Tina Turner ‘Every Under The Sun”
By David Young for the Spectropop Group

Since the late 1970s, tapes have circulated among collectors of Tina Turner singing a Spectoresque version of the song “Everything Under the Sun,” written by Bob Crewe and Gary Knight. After remaining in the vaults for ten years, the song had seen official release in 1976 in a Spector-produced version by The Ronettes on the Phil Spector International compilation Rare Masters Vol. 2, and had previously been issued in radically differing versions by The Walker Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.

Tina Turner – Everything Under the Sun

Tina Turner – A Man is a man is a man

Tina Turner – Two To Tango

The Ikettes – Down Down

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Please, Please, Please

Some great news for all of us fans that just popped up this week!

First, Ike & Tina coming on Blu-Ray. A pair of classic Sixties concert films, 1964’s T.A.M.I. Show and its 1966 follow-up The Big T.N.T. Show, will come to Blu-ray together for the first time this December as a two-disc collection’s edition. For the Blu-ray release, both films received a high-definition transfer, as evidenced by the first sample of the upcoming release: Ike & Tina Turner’s explosive cover of James Brown’s “Please, Please, Please” from The Big T.N.T. Show. Pre-Order here! 

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Second, Goldenlane records is set to release a 3 cd Box Set of Ike & Tina Turner recordings under the Pompeii Label. Between 1960 and 1970, the groundbreaking, erratic, and turbulent couple/duo recorded music for a whopping ten plus record labels resulting in nearly 70 singles and some 20 albums. According to a press release, during these recordings Ike & Tina “toured regularly both here and abroad (reportedly averaging some 300 shows a year), made frequent television appearances, and managed to raise a family.”

Anyhow, from 1968-1969, the duo cut a plethora of songs with Pompeii Records, and now the catalog is available on a 3-CD set dubbed ‘The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1969.’

The 3-CD box set will be available starting September 23 from Goldenlane Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc. Pre-Order here! 

We will review the BluRay & the Boxset as soon as we’ll get them so stay tune! And please, please, please, we want more releases like those!
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On The Road – 11 Inch Single

Ike and Tina Turner - On The Road - 2015

Ever wanted to buy a brand new 11 inch vinyl picture disc? Here is your chance! In the early 70’s, legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya toured with Ike & Tina Turner and filmed them performing, on the road, and behind the scenes. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This is a look inside a hardworking band as well as an iconic couple.

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A Fool In Love in 7 Inch

Ike and Tina Turner - I Think It s Gonna Work Out Fine - 2015
Ike and Tina Turner – I Think It s Gonna Work Out Fine – 2015

Ever wanted to buy a brand new Ike & Tina Turner 7 inch single? Now is your chance: Outta Sight Records from the UK released “A Fool in Love” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” as their first Ike & Tina vinyl single. It comes with a traditional design as if you were shopping from your local record shop back in the 1960s and commemorates two of the duo´s biggest hits.

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I’ll Never Need More Than This

Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - 50Th anniversary 2016

This year, one of the Tina Turner’s most important (if not the most important) recording turns 50. I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song River Deep Mountain High.It is the song that made me fall in love with Tina and it is definitely my song. For me, it always symbolized the path of a lifetime, the road is never flat, you might have to climb High Mountains and swim across Deep Rivers to achieve your goals.

Discovering the song as a child it totally blew me away. Living in a small village in the east of France, I never thought music could sound like this. I was familiar with Classical music but not that much with Rock & Roll and Soul music. And this song was the perfect combination of them all. Defying Spector’s Wall of Sound, Tina’s voice is like a perfect instrument and every sound coming out of her mouth penetrates our body and soul.

We all know the story behind River Deep Mountain High, Ike being put aside from the project by Spector, the reluctance of radio station to play a record judged too white for black stations and too black for white stations and most importantly, the fact that it launched Ike & Tina Turner’s career in Europe.

Everything has been said and written about River Deep so instead of long boring article, and to celebrate the anniversary of the album in the right way, a special upload  with a live version of River Deep Mountain High live at the Yankee Stadium in 1969! Enjoy!

Tina’s Wish – 1960’s Photoshoot

Tina Turner - black & white photo shoot - 1960's - 02

Looking at those shots from the early sixties when Little Ann’ was on the verge of what would become one of the most spectacular career in music industry, I am pretty sure she had had no idea of what the future would look like and how bumpy the road would be. Was it the age of innocence? I wish I could say yes but as can be seen on several pictures from that time and from this photo shoot, Tina’s look shows that despite her young age, she has already been confronted to the harshness of life. But it also shows determination and that whatever it would take, if she was destined to famous, nobody would stop her.

The lotus is a flower that grows in the mud. The thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus blooms…
Well then, Anna Mae Bullock blossomed more beautifully than anyone else.

More photos from the  photoshoot inside the post! Enjoy!

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Ike & Tina Turner – Remastered

Ike & Tina Turner CD releases on BGO Records
Ike & Tina Turner CD releases on BGO Records

BGO Records (Beat Goes On Records) is an independent reissue label founded in 1987; specializing in classic highly collectable recordings of groups, singers and instrumentalists from the 50s through to the 80s. They released a 9 Ike & Tina Turner albums from the 70s plus two Ike Turner albums on CD. While the concert at Carnegie Hall had been released by other labels before, there are several albums which have never been released in digital form before.

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