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Ike Turner dies at 76

13 December 2007
Rock'n'Roll pioneer Ike Turner died yesterday at his home near San Diego. He was 76.

After years of obscurity, Turner was on a comeback trail of sorts.

In February, an acclaimed blues album won him his first Grammy in 35 years, and he had been collaborating with producer Danger Mouse, one-half of the pop-soul duo Gnarls Barkley.

The one-time disc jockey arguably invented rock'n'roll with his 1951 song, Rocket 88 (the original version was credited to "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats," but that band did not actually exist. The song was put together by Ike Turner and his band and recorded by Turner's Kings of Rhythm. Jackie Brenston)

And he enjoyed huge fame in the 1960s and '70s as the Svengali behind Ike and Tina Turner, an R&B revue that dazzled audiences with high energy performances of such tunes as Proud Mary and River Deep, Mountain High.

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