Category: Tina Turner

Ike and Tina Turner during rehearsal at NBC St…

Ike and Tina Turner during rehearsal at NBC Studios for The Midnight Special TV Show on November 9, 1973.

Photos by Greg Papazian

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Ike and Tina Turner photographed by Norman Seeff, 1975.

Norman Seeff’s shoot with husband-and-wife R&B duo Ike and Tina Turner was among the most memorable of his career. As his first filmed session, the footage was riveting. “They performed an amazing version of ‘Nutbush City Limits’ right there in my studio. There was incredible energy and vitality between them.” He recalls that the couple’s contrasting personalities made their interactions all the more compelling. “Tina was a whirlwind of freedom and spontaneity,” he says. “She was teasing Ike, trying to get him to loosen up, but there was an edge about it. It was as if she was challenging him just a bit. It felt almost dangerous but at the same time ecstatically creative.” Ike on the other hand was reserved and controlled. “He was very charismatic. He had a regal, majestic quality about him, and a tremendous sense of who he was.”

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Ike & Tina Turner

(1965)

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Ike and Tina Turner performing at the Honka Monka Club in

Queens, New York on July 8, 1970.

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Ike and Tina Turner (1975) 

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Jet magazine

covers from 1975

Ike and Tina Turner during an interview in Lon…

Ike and Tina Turner during an interview in London, October 1975.

Ike and Tina Turner with Phil Spector at Gold …

Ike and Tina Turner with Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, March 1966

Phil Spector produced the Ike and Tina Turner song “River Deep, Mountain High.” However,

Phil offered Ike $20,000 upfront in exchange for total control over the production so Ike was not a part of the making of that song. The single was successful in Europe but didn’t do as well in America. This disappointment caused Phil to go into semi-retirement. Phil later inducted Ike and Tina into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 2007, Phil gave a eulogy at Ike’s funeral. He said, “Ike made Tina the jewel she was.” Phil then criticized Tina’s autobiography I, Tina, he said: “I have an ambivalence towards Oprah Winfrey. She made Tina Turner’s book into a bestseller which demonized and vilified Ike. The book wouldn’t have sold 10 books. It was badly written. It was a piece of trash and because Oprah idolized Tina she didn’t feel it wrong to vilify a brother.” He also said the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It was a “piece of trash movie.”

Phil is currently a serving a prison sentence for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Ike and Tina Turner (1969)

Ike and Tina Turner (1969)

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Ike and Tina Turner during a press conference at the Amsterdam RAI, before their appearance at the Grand Gala du Disque on March 7, 1969.