Turner began playing piano and guitar when he was eight, forming his group, the Kings of Rhythm, as a teenager.He employed the group as his backing band for the rest of his life.He spent the rest of the 1990s free of his addiction but relapsed in 2004.Near the end of his life, he returned to live performance as a front man and, returning to his blues roots, produced two albums that were critically well received and award-winning.His mother then married a man called Philip Reeves.Turner said his stepfather was a violent alcoholic and that they often argued and fought.
Around the time he was starting out with the Kings of Rhythm, Turner and Lane became unofficial roadies for blues singer Robert Nighthawk, who often played live on WROX.The pair played drums and piano on radio sessions and supported Nighthawk at blues dates around Clarksdale.Playing with Nighthawk allowed Turner to gig regularly and build up playing experience.We played juke joints; we'd start playing at 8.00pm and wouldn't get off till 8.00am. If you had to go to the restroom, well that's how I learned to play drums and guitar! Around this time Turner and his band recorded the song "Rocket 88".Jackie Brenston, a saxophonist in the Kings of Rhythm, sang lead vocals.Turner, who was trained by ear and could not sight read, would learn the pieces by listening to a version on record at home, pretending to be reading the music during rehearsals.with one act who wanted to carry on playing dance band jazz calling themselves the Dukes of Swing and the other, led by Turner, becoming the Kings of Rhythm.His first recording, "Rocket 88", credited to "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats", in 1951 is considered a contender for "first rock and roll song". Louis, Missouri, in 1954, he built the Kings into one of the most renowned acts on the local club circuit.With his former wife, Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Stories by Tina Turner of domestic violence by Ike, published in her autobiography I, Tina and included in its film adaptation What's Love Got to Do with It, coupled with his cocaine addiction, impacted Ike Turner's career in the 1980s and 1990s.The younger of their two children, Turner had an elder sister named Ethel May.Turner believed that he had been named after his father, but discovered his name had been mistakenly registered as Ike Wister Turner when applying for his first passport.