Roger L. Simon

Ike Turner Dies

Look, we all know Ike was a bad guy. He beat Tina and all that and it’s inexcusable. But he was a great musician, no doubt about it. In fact, he never got the credit he deserved, undoubtedly in part because of what he did.

I remember once, maybe thirty years ago, walking into a casino in Vegas. Suddenly I heard some fabulous music and quickly left the craps tables for the nearby lounge. To my amazement, it was Ike and Tina with the Ikettes, doing their classics like “I Idolize You.” I stood there mesmerized. It was one of the greatest sets I ever heard. And Tina then was about the sexiest woman performer I had ever seen in my life. You know the rest.