Monday, January 24, 2011

Ike & Tina Turner - I Wish It Would Rain - Minit, 1969

Today's 45 is a hot slab of soul from Ike & Tina Turner.  What can really be said about the Queen of Rock and Roll that hasn't been said?  This woman born to a family of modest means in Tennessee was occasionally performing with Ike by the time she was 18.

A lucky break allowed her to sing on 1960's "A Fool In Love" which became huge hit. Anna Mae Bullock married Ike in Tijuana and "Tina Turner" was born.  Ike Turner was involved in the music business forever.  He was helping the DJ at WROX in Clarksdale Mississippi at the tender age of 8. The first recording he was ever involved in, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston, is considered by many to be one of the first "Rock" songs ever.  Through the 60s and into the mid-70's, Ike and Tina were untouchable.
One of the best album covers ever!
But in '76 Tina split with accusations of abuse, and Ike's career floundered while Tina's slowed before a massive comeback in the early 80's with hits like "Private Dancer" and "What's Love Got To Do With It".  She was even nominated for an award for her acting in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome".
Two legs enter, no men leave..
I don't believe today's single on Minit was a big hit, rather just another solid tune in a long career of wonderful music.  Tina's voice is what makes it, elevating anything it graces.  Have a listen:

1 comment:

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    And my name's Mike too! Keep up the good work, man.