Ike Wister Turner died this morning at his home near San Diego. (The Associated Press report is here.)
Mr. Turner loudly resented his worldwide rep as a wife-beater. But hell... whose fault was that, Ike?
No doubt, however, the man deserves respect as a trailblazing musician, songwriter and bandleader... even apart from Tina’s monumental impact.
Click here, for example, and groove on “Thinking Black,” from Ike’s funky-ass 1969 instrumental LP, “A Black Man’s Soul.” (You’ll probably remember this tune once you hear it.)
Re-released in recent years (with a couple of Tina Turner tracks added), “A Black Man’s Soul” is downloadable from Amazon.com, eMusic and iTunes Plus.