– 4 By Ike & Tina Turner – From the lp Don’t Play Me Cheap – Sue Records LP-2005 –
Diving through vinyl this weekend. Coming up with early Ike & Tina Turner. During their stint with Sue Records, from the 1963 album Don’t Play Me Cheap – 4 tracks off that album:
1. Wake Up
3. Don’t Play Me Cheap
4. My Everything To Me
From 1960 to 1976, they performed live as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, supported by Ike Turner’s band the Kings of Rhythm and backing vocalists called the Ikettes. The Ike & Tina Turner Revue was regarded as “one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit.”
The duo had a string of R&B hits with their early recordings “A Fool In Love”, “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”, “I Idolize You”, “Poor Fool”, and “Tra La La La La”. The release of “River Deep – Mountain High” in 1966, followed by a tour of the UK with The Rolling Stones, increased their popularity in Europe. Their later works are noted for interpretive soul-infused re-arrangements of rock songs such as “Come Together”, “Honky Tonk Woman”, and “Proud Mary”, the latter of which won them a Grammy Award in 1972. Ike & Tina Turner received the first Golden European Record Award for their international hit “Nutbush City Limits” in 1974. They released dozens of albums; their most successful being Workin’ Together and Live at Carnegie Hall. Pitchfork listed their album River Deep – Mountain High among the best of its era.
Tina Turner, after her divorce from Ike, went on to become one of the greatest solo artists of the 70s and 80s. Here she is in an earlier context – part of that duo which was once considered “One of the hottest, most durable and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles.”
Have a listen.
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