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On Thursday, August 21, 2003, at 2:45pm, my wife of 34 years, Rebecca, died in my arms in an emergency room.

The last words we spoke were in perfect synchronization: "I love you with all my heart."

 

 

In Honor Of Ike Turner

November 5, 1931 - December 12, 2007

Page I


please read all pages - they are important

Page I  ■  Page II  ■  Page III  ■  Page IV

Ike Turner Discography

Best Wishes to Tiffany Turner

NOTE:  I made an error.  My reference to 1975 was wrong - it should have been 1976.  This is corrected below.


I loved Ike. 

I loved him like my big brother, my music teacher, sometimes my father, my friend, and the very best bandleader alive.

 

I also loved Ike for some other reasons.

He always played straight with me.  If we agreed on $2,000.00, that's what he paid me.  Sometimes, he gave me a bonus, too.

When he told me somebody would be waiting for me at Los Angeles airport, they were always right there. 

 

When Ike spoke with my wife, Rebecca, she almost always mentioned to me that Ike was a gentleman - polite, funny, friendly, and respectful. 

Sometimes, he complimented me to Rebecca, and sometimes, he thanked her for letting me come out to California to work with him.

Occasionally, he'd joke with her, and tell her I couldn't play worth a damn - I needed to stop all that bass fishing and start practicing keyboards.  They'd definitely laugh about that, and so would I.

Ike was profane, but that was normal talk in my (our) world.  

(Actually, Rebecca only met Ike two or three times, but this happened frequently .... Ike might call me (at home, in Memphis or Mississippi), or Rebecca might call me (at Ike's house or studio in California).  They spoke pretty often before I got to answer the phone.  Sometimes - depending on circumstances - we'd ALL be on the phone, talking and laughing.)

As I reflect on it, there's only one possible reason that Rebecca would have ever even told me this: it must be true. 

In honor of Ike Turner - thank you for treating my wife like a lady .... always a gentleman to the love of my life.

And .... thank you for your hours of caring and compassion after Rebecca died.

 

There were one or two things I didn't love about Ike, too - mainly the excessive coke.     

I liked snorting coke with Ike, but as far as I was concerned, too much of anything is just too much.

With Ike, "too much" wasn't nearly enough.  I loved him, but that's the truth.

ADDENDUM: On Page IV are two (2) links to some East St. Louis newspaper articles, written in March, 2005 and February, 2010. 

I did not write those articles - but the authors who did write them (these are exact quotes) specifically refer to Ann Bullock as a "teenage groupie", and "She was a teeny-bopper and a groupie,".  "Redmond says he never saw Ike punch Tina at the Manhattan, but they sure argued a lot.

Obviously, Ann was agitating - pushing Ike Turner's buttons - as far back as before "A Fool In Love" days. 

That should give you, the reader, something to think about.  Go read the articles - see for yourself.       

Ike was a very dominant, controlling person regarding his show.  I've heard Ike called a lot of lot of derogatory names and criticized repeatedly, by musicians that would not follow Ike's rules. 

 

Maybe I grew up understanding and accepting that the LEADER makes the RULES.  The group FOLLOWS the rules.  I didn't have a problem understanding who the leader was.  Ike certainly was demanding, and, as a result, a lot of musicians were fined and/or fired. 

Most of them thought Ike was a real bastard - but some actually realized that their own actions were the real issue.

I understood Ike, and don't ever recall any real problems with him.  We argued pretty often - the arguments were unimportant, but they sure were profane!  

Having spoken with many other musicians (session players and sidemen from other groups), Ike was no better or worse in this regard than most of the R&B "names" - Ray Charles, James Brown, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, Albert King - the list goes on and on. 

Being so demanding was clearly the basis for the high turnover of musicians - and it wasn't limited to Ike.   

In fact, it wasn't even limited to musicians or background singers.  Include roadies (the guys who set up the musical equipment), sound system guys, lighting guys, stage techs - anyone at all that could affect the show.  Everybody gave at least 110% - or they had to deal with the consequences.  

 

Ike was a perfectionist.  He was very serious about any issue that concerned the I&TT Revue.  Maybe my respect for his rules was a factor in how well we got along with each other for so many years.

 

I worked for him - well, maybe that's not exactly right - I worked for myself.  I played keyboards with him - from 1969 until 1976.  I didn't work full time - I only worked when it fit into my schedule.  I was "hired" and "fired" pretty often.  You can read the reason why on Page II.  In a manner of thinking, I "hired" and "fired" myself.

I cut the last 4 Ike and Tina records in existence.  We had an unusual relationship - he didn't take shit from anybody, and I didn't take shit from him.  Maybe that's why we got along fine.  I know I told him at least 12 times to kiss my ass and go fuck himself, and he did the same - probably 25 times.  And we always remained friends.  There was an underlying respect - that never changed.

I regularly called him on his birthday - this year I was 3 days late.  In the first week of December, I called him again, and he was busy recording a new song.  He played it for me over the phone.  It was some kind of reggae track, very different from his usual R&B music.  He asked me to call back in about 3 hours, but I didn't.  Our time zones are 3 hours apart, and I went to sleep.  That was the last time I talked to Ike. 

And now he's gone. 

I received an email on December 12, telling me Ike died.  It had a link in it to some disgusting website where people could write "comments".  I looked at the comments and got sick.  I've never seen such disrespect towards someone who just passed away.

I found some pictures.  They ought to educate you.  The sensationalized movie made plenty of money, but it sure didn't tell you the truth.

Here are two messages I wrote to a music group:

To: southernsoul@yahoogroups.com
From: Steve Leigh <steve at sl-prokeys dot com>
Sender: southernsoul@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 13:26:25 -0500
Subject: [SS]  Ike Turner
 

At 11:42 AM 12/13/2007, you wrote:

 

>Am absolutely appalled by the tenor of most of the comments under that

>piece, and indeed under many other pieces announcing the man's death.

>People writing in, genuinely taking pleasure in speaking ill of the dead,

>"good riddance here" and "another one bites the dust" there.  Sickening is

>what it is.

>

>Floris

 

I'm amazed at this disrespectful insanity. I played for I&TT. I lived in their house. Tina (Little Ann) was known as "Ditta". She often made me lunch. At no time was there any violence that *I* know of. If there was, I'd be honest about it.

Arguments - yes. EVERYBODY who believes in anything argues. I argued with Ike about keyboard parts on *every song we cut*.

I didn't witness every single moment in the life of Ike and Tina. I do have eyes, though. I think I can recognize a woman who has been beaten, crying, or obviously battered. Ike "battered" Tina regularly - by handing her $20,000 to go shopping for clothes - and drive the Rolls Royce, too. Take the Ikettes, and here's another $10,000 - get them some new outfits.

Tina was Ike's size. With no question, she could have knocked him out cold. She might have been 1" or 2" shorter, but she was built like a tank.

I lived in their house for a short period of time. I heard some arguing, and at the studio, there was some VERBAL abuse at *certain* times - there was a reason for it, and most adults would understand the reason. "Rough talk" was commonplace talk for everybody in the I&TT Revue at the time. No shortage of profanity.

PEOPLE WATCHED A *MOVIE* ON TV. Now because of a Walt Disney production - they know it all. They aren't logical enough to realize the movie is based on *some* facts - and it's overflowing with "entertainment" and exaggerations. That's what SELLS.

Why would anyone believe it?  Simple - it made good entertainment at the time, and THAT was a time for "women's rights".

I *lived* at 4263 Olympiad Drive, Baldwin Hills for a short time. Bronze castings of Tina's hands were the front door handles to their home. The fishtank was on your left as you went through the front doors, and made a left bend along the hall leading into the den. Ann (Tina) liked those fish - that's why Ike spent thousands having a whole wall made into a fishtank for her. The piano was on your right, with tape and stereo equipment on shelves above it. This isn't coming from somebody with an "opinion". I LIVED there. I could tell you some things about their home, family, Bolic recording studios, who did what and when, Rhonda, Ditta, Ann Thomas, and members of the band. I could tell you about how much coke went up our noses, the fines, the rehearsals, traveling to gigs, on the plane, in a bus, having fun, and putting on shows that blew away audiences. 

These people don't know - a few of you do - and the rest are puppets. Use your brains - don't tell somebody who lived it what the TRUTH is. ANYBODY can contact me - steve at sl-prokeys dot com - and I'll straighten you out. I'll tell you what REALITY is - I lived right in the middle of it. THEY DIDN'T.

It's sickening to look at that website and see Ike degraded in such a way. Nobody said he was perfect - but he was nothing like what's described.

If any of you knew him, played with him, snorted with him, and argued with him, you'd know Ike was a hell of a man. I did all of 'em.  I went back and forth with Ike a lot of times in 7 years. Sometimes I'd get fired, sometimes, I'd tell him to go **** himself, and walk out. I was fired more than I was hired, that's for sure.

Does anybody know how many times he helped the band players? How many times he loaned money, bought cars, paid their rent, got them out of trouble, paid medical bills, paid for the delivery of their kids, and never was repaid? Anybody know about the annual I&TT July 4th picnics?

Anybody know how TINY Ike was in the old days? The movie shows Ike being huge - Ike weighed less than 130 lbs. from 1969-1976 when I played. I actually used to wear some of his clothes when he offered. I'm small - at that time I weighed about 110. I'm about 1" shorter than Ike.

All those comments make me sick. Like most "comments", they come from ignorant fools - most of which weren't even born yet when the I&TT Revue existed.

Thank you, Floris.

Steve "Sandy"

 

To: southernsoul@yahoogroups.com
From: Steve Leigh <steve at sl-prokeys dot com>
Sender: southernsoul@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 15:39:24 -0500
Subject: [SS]  Ike Turner 2
 

Thank you for the private mail I've been receiving. I want to tell you a story. It's going to be hard, because I don't know how much profanity this list can take, and I'm not telling a story to offend anyone. I'll tell it like it is, and I hope the list moderator and every member of the list can overlook the wording.

(I changed my mind about the profanity. Let your own imagination work.)

In the 1970s, we were in the studio cutting rhythm section tracks. Few people know that Ike was out of his head when he got coked up in the studio. Actually, we all were. By that I mean we HAD the song, but he'd change parts, redo things that were already fine, snort more, and after 38 different clavinet parts (for example), we'd RECUT the same Goddamn part that was the original. I can't easily portray the environment - there was always an ounce or two of coke at the end of the recording console, and we dipped in constantly - CONSTANTLY. Everything made sense, yet recording was unreal. It was as if Ike could not stop searching for "that part". Jackie (Clark - guitar) would record a part. Ike loved it. 20 minutes later, Ike wanted to change it just a little, so Jackie changed it. Within an hour, the original part felt better, and Ike wanted to recut the original part. Soko (Richardson - drums) had to deal with the same uncertainties. I remember one session when Soko disappeared. He might have gone upstairs to get some sleep, I don't know. Ike came out of nowhere - he wanted a hi-hat (open/close thing) - so I played it. But this was crazy - we weren't doing drum or percussion parts at the time, we were doing *keyboard tracks*. Maybe I'm saying Ike's mind - musically - flew around like a jet. If it came into his head - no matter what it was - we had to get it on tape instantly. Am I making any sense?

So back to the story. Most of the band had been in the studio for about 3 days. I don't think we ate any food, but a lot of coke keeps you from getting hungry. Maybe we all had a few sodas, but somebody might have gone out and brought back $100 worth of hamburgers, that's how Ike was in the studio. He was focused on a song, and sent somebody out to get something if we got hungry. The point is, once we were "flowing", we lived that song for however many days it took. Try and imagine yourself inside this bubble of intensity. Nobody knew if it was day or night - no windows in a studio, no clock. It might be Wednesday or Thursday. Who cares?

Enter Tina:

Tina came into the studio. "Ike, I just made up some soup. You want some?"

First of all, that was a mistake, and everybody in the band knew it. Sessions with Ike were like surgery in an operating room: DO NOT DISTURB, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR ANY REASON.

Everybody knew that, Tina did, too.

Ike: "No."

But it didn't stop.

Tina: "Ike you haven't eaten for 3 days. I'll bring some soup down here for you and the guys."

Ike: "No."

Tina: "It won't take but a few minutes, y'all can have some fresh soup. Jackie? Sandy? You want some soup?"

By now, everybody in the band is looking at walls and the ceiling. Something is happening here, somebody is stepping across the line.

After another 4 or 5 tries, Ike finally exploded. By now, we'd all forgotten the groove we were in, and the Goddamn song might as well have been called "Soup".

Ike got up, went face to face with Tina, and called her every name in the book. (This is where I'm leaving out the words. You just imagine the worst, and add 100) Then he invented some names. She tried backtalking him and he threw her (not physically, but threateningly) out of the Goddamn studio.

THAT IS *THE* MOST VIOLENT EPISODE I EVER REMEMBER with Ike and Tina. But if you've read this far, then let me explain a fact or two.

Tina craved attention. She couldn't stand it when we were in the studio and she was ignored for a few days at a time. She'd do anything for attention - good, bad, or whatever. If one of us went out of the studio to the bathroom, she'd start talking - not wanting us to go back in the studio. She NEEDED attention all the time.

This caused a lot of problems.

Take what I write seriously.

Steve "Sandy"   

 

HERE is YouTube link - WATCH IT.  Violent scenes galore - only from the bullshit movie.

Laurence Fishburne - AT LEAST TWICE the size of Ike - Angela Bassett - about ONE HALF the size of Tina.

You want to BELIEVE the bullshit movie?  That's your choice.  There are lots of suckers out there.

But I KNOW better - and that bullshit movie doesn't fool me for even one second.

P.T. Barnum: "A sucker is born every minute."

Try this one too.

 

People Don't Like The Truth

May, 2008 addition

Sometimes, truth is more than people want to hear.  It interferes with the fantasy world they've created in their minds.  The message below was found on the internet.  It specifically refers to me by name, and to the pages I've written about Ike.  Predictably, it was written by an anonymous asshole

I copied the text in GREEN, and added my own rebuttal text in BLUE

I too came to this site via The Guardian and while I'm mad about the music your showcasing

You're MAD about a website that "showcases" music?  WHO THE HELL ARE YOU

Some no-name, anonymous asshole that dictates what music goes on websites? 

I've found something really distasteful in the attempts here and elsewhere to rehabilitate Ike Turner by denigrating Tina.

I haven't seen Ike "rehabilitated" or Tina "denigrated" in any way.  FAR from it. 

Try READING: Ike is given respect AND criticized throughout these pages.

The 2 page tribute by Steve Leigh is just one example. As if the fact that Tina interrupts a recording session or that Ike buys her expensive dresses somehow justifies his violence toward her.

I haven't justified violence. 

 

I do not believe in violence - I'm completely against it.

I've been a victim of violence, and have lifetime damage as a result.  

 

I don't know factually that violence existed, with one exception which is written below.  If it did exist, I have no factual knowledge of the surrounding circumstances.  But I know what I saw - with my own eyes.

 

Interrupting a recording session is NOT PERMITTED.  It's a "law", understood and accepted by everyone in the recording industry. 

 

To illustrate that simply: if you were on an operating table, in surgery, and the doctor's wife walked in, asking if he wanted lunch - OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON - would that be acceptable?  Most sane people would answer "NO". 

Throughout his account of the Ike and Tina years she sounds like she's trapped in a cage, a gilded one admittedly at times, but a cage nonetheless.

If she was in a "cage", it was a "cage" she treasured.  She made the most of the "cage", and did everything to preserve the "cage" for as long as possible.  Ike provided the world's nicest "cage" for her.

The attack on her musicality around Nutbush City Limits is wide of the mark too - Tina has never made any claim to be a songwriter but to assert she wouldnt know what key the song is in is just beyond belief.

 

I wrote about this subject below, but I'll reiterate.  YES - 7 of 10 songs on the Nutbush album show Tina listed as the only songwriter. 

YES - Tina "claims" credit for writing the songs.  NO - she did not write them. 

 

Keyboard and guitar players play chords.  Songs are written with chord progressions.  Tina did not play keyboards or guitar. 

Ike Turner wrote the 7 songs with contributions and input from us - "us" means playing musicians. 

Ike gave Tina full songwriter credit for reasons which I may add to this page at another time.  Tina certainly did write some lyrics.

 

If anyone - anywhere - anytime - can show me how a non-musician can write the chords to a song, it's time to put up or shut up. 

Just put your money where your mouth is, and let's see it.

anyone who has seen her perform live knows there she's a source of profound musicality.

No, I don't agree.  She's a source of what Ike Turner "profoundly" trained her to do over many, many years.

and just how much has her voice improved over the thirty years since she left Ike when those of most contemporaries has suffered decline (Aretha, Dusty, Dionne).

I hear no improvement at all.  She sounds about the same to me. 

She obviously found different - and commercially profitable - material to sing, and eventually became a WHITE POP MUSIC attraction.

All that really changed was PRODUCTION: Ike wasn't steering her into black R&B - Roger Davies was steering her into WHITE POP.   

Just because Mr Leigh didn't witness the abuse doesn't mean it didnt happen.

 

And it doesn't mean it DID happen, either.

 

Bill Wyman, Gladys Knight, PP Arnold, Cher have all testified to the abuse she suffered -

 

Where did they "testify"?  In some interview?  Or in a court of law - under oath?

 

there's a harrowing eyewitness account from Etta James in her memoir (Rage to Survive) of one such incident.

 

Consider Etta James(click the link)  I read her 1995 book, too.

She claims to be the daughter of Rudolph Wanderone - Minnesota Fats - a world famous pool hustler.

And Minnesota Fats claims exactly the opposite.

 

Etta James CLEARLY describes Ike yelling at Tina.  Big deal - Ike yelled at everybody THAT'S a "harrowing" fact

 

Her book claims that Tina showed Etta a huge diamond ring which Ike bought for her. 

So Ike punched Tina in the face - with a closed fist - and the swelling started instantly. 

And - according to Etta James - Ike nearly broke Tina's finger off, removing the diamond ring.

Does it make any sense?

IF Ike really did this, there's got to be more to this story - like a reason whyWhat's the reason?  Etta James left that out.

 

Sorry - I'm not buying this shit.

 

Musically, I think Etta James was phenomenal - I always did.  I saw her live shows several times. 

I have a lot of respect for Etta the singer.  I don't have much respect for Etta "the author" or Etta the junkie

 

Since the 1960s (possibly earlier), she was a heroin (also other drugs and alcohol) addict. 

She was continuously in and out of drug rehabilitation centers.

She had numerous legal problems and arrests during the early 1970s, due to her heroin addiction. 

Artis Mills (her husband), took all responsibility when they were both arrested in 1972 for heroin possession.

Artis Mills served a 10 year prison sentence FOR her. 

In 1974, Etta James was sentenced to drug treatment instead of serving prison time. 

She was in the Tarzana Psychiatric Hospital for 17 months, and went through drug treatment. 

In her book, she said that the time she spent in the hospital "changed her life". (Yeah, it sure did.) 

After leaving drug treatment, her drug abuse continued - she was involved with a man who was also using drugs.

In 1988, she entered the Betty Ford Center for drug treatment. 

In 2010, she received treatment for dependency on painkillers - which happen to be (you guessed it) .... drugs.

 

When she co-authored "her" book, I'm almost positive she was in a rehab center.  She also had Alzheimer's disease (dementia) and plenty of other problems.  I feel very sad about Etta's problems. 

And I also feel sad that Etta James was a long term junkie - about 50 years of constant drugs.

 

This radio show contains verbatim quotes - word-for-word - from Etta James' book, regarding Ike.  AND I DON'T BELIEVE THOSE WORDS. 

 

Can you say "EXAGGERATION"?  I sure can.

 

I've made myself clear - I did not live with Ike 24/7. 

 

If abuse existed, I did not see it, hear about it, or see any visual evidence of it. 

I never saw bruising, black eyes, swelling, bandages, or any indication of physical abuse.

In my experiences, Ike never touched Tina, except to show affection - hugs and kisses.  That's it.

I saw and heard arguments.  Confrontations were verbal - profane and violent to some - but not physical. 

Tina unquestionably contributed to the escalation of those confrontations. 

By all means let's hear of Ike's musical achievements but let's not deny the anguish he inflicted on Tina.

This is BULLSHIT.  Let's not deny the anguish Tina inflicted on Ike.  Let's all be fair and honest, realistic, and equitable.

And in refusing all public comment on Ike's death I didn't see that as a lack of class on Tina's part, I saw it as an act of grace and dignity which is typical of the woman.

Personally, I think the anonymous asshole writer is nothing but a polarized groupie with too much to say - but no actual facts.

Its a pity that Ike, and those who still deny his actions, are so lacking in such qualities.

Excuse me, asshole.  Obviously you can't grasp the fact that Ike DIED on December 12, 2007.  I really don't think he's able to confirm, deny, or make any comments anymore.

It's a pity that more REAL people - people with NAMES - not ASSHOLES - people who lived with the truth - don't speak up.

 

Ike Turner

This is Ike.  All 125 pounds of him.  Take a look. 

Ike was like the little kid - the little wimp - the runt - who gets sand kicked in his face at the beach by big guys. 

I'm 5 foot 6 inches tall.  When I played with Ike, I weighed about 110 pounds.  Sometimes, Ike used to loan me his clothes to wear onstage. 

He was about 1" taller than me.  I used a safety pin so his pants would fit me - to pull in 1" at the waist.  If I wore a belt, I didn't even need a safety pin. 

His shirts fit me perfectly, but his shoes were too big. 

 

Once, when we were in San Francisco, we went shopping.  He bought fringed buckskin jackets - one in every color available. 

He emptied the store for his size, he just bought all of them.  He asked me what color I liked, and bought an extra one for me. 

We carried about 15 jackets back to the St. Francis Hotel that afternoon.  I think we looked like a psychedelic rainbow, walking down the street.

 

Look real carefully - this doesn't look like Laurence Fishburne - the one you saw in the bullshit movie, does it? 

Laurence Fishburne is at least 6 feet tall, and a VERY BIG man. 

I think we're missing close to 10" in height, and over 150 pounds.

 

The bullshit movie - a multi-million dollar PROFIT for Disney Productions - was NOT accurate. 

It was NOT a National Geographic documentary.  It was NOT a factual production. 

It was entertainment - and that's what movies are.  That's why they're made.  ENTERTAINMENTSome facts, but not factual. 

This isn't a movie. 

Here's Ike in the hallway at Bolic, on LaBrea, in Inglewood.  I knew the place well - I spent days, sometimes weeks, there. 

I could describe almost every detail - the Flickinger consoles, the 3M and Scully machines, the pool table room (which even had a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox), the rental studio, Ike's private studio, closed circuit video cameras, the fake "wall" that slid open to go up to the hidden apartment (you had to know the secret phone number to dial to get the "wall" to slide open), the attic apartments ....

 

Take a look at Ike.  He just doesn't seem big enough to kick the shit out of anybody.

Ike's sitting on the left, no shirt on.  Tina's standing on the right, in a white robe. 

Photographic proof doesn't leave a lot of room for uncertainty.  Tina was powerful enough to knock the living shit out of Ike anytime she wanted. 

You might not have known that?  The movie showed a tiny little woman as "Tina", and a monster is shown as "Ike". 

Well, that's what the bullshit movie showed - how about some reality? 

The guy standing next to Tina, talking to me, was Soko Richardson, the drummer.  Soko was a big man - about 270 pounds. 

With ease, he could have picked up Ike by his throat, and choked the life out of him - with ONE HAND.  And THAT'S no joke. 

(Recognize that skinny little white guy sitting on the floor behind Tina?)

This is part of Ike's genius - but you'd have to see it to appreciate it. 

They're doing an intro to "Please, Please", called "The Wedding". (#10, below) 

Ike created an entire visual/musical interplay, having Tina tell a whole story, explaining about ....

 

"The onlyist man I ever loved - he's marrying my best girlfriend". 

"He said, Tina .... Tina darling .... I'll always reserve a certain little spot .... in the corner of my heart ....".

"And when the wedding was over, everybody was throwing rice .... Me?  I threw a brick." 

 

During this kind of interplay, every time Tina turned back to face the audience, Ike shook his head "yes" or "no", made quiet remarks into the mic, and made facial expressions to create the whole story which led into the song.  Listen to 10, just below - you'll learn fast.

 

This was absolutely priceless.  Those little skits were funny - some were positively unbelievable.

 

The I&TT Revue knocked people for a loop.

Audiences went wild.  Ike knew what they wanted. 

I'm proud to have played my small part in it all.

 

LIVE at Basin Street, San Francisco

(note: the album cover picture is backwards - Ike played guitar right-handed)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Intro

Ike Turner

The Kings of Rhythm

Everyday People

Ikettes

Sweet Soul Music

Tina

Son Of A

Preacher Man

Tina

Heard It Through The Grapevine

Tina

Respect

Tina

There Was A Time

 Ikettes

Down On

Funky Street

Tina

Fool In Love

Tina

The Wedding

Please, Please

Tina

 

A different show - a partially different group. 

This time, Ike hired a bass trombone player.

Listen to that fat 'bone BURPING on the bottom of "Son". 

That just blows me away.

 Son of A Preacher Man - Lovin' You Too Long

Ikettes

You Got Me Hummin

 

Everything was controlled by Ike.  Every note, the clothing, the dance steps - nothing at all was left to chance.

Tina came up with dance routines with the Ikettes - but Ike improved on them. 

The entire I&TT Revue was a product of Ike's mind, it was all Ike. 

Ike invented fog machines and strobe lighting for the stage.  His early "strobe light" was a spotlight and a fan mounted disc with a hole cut in it. 

It took him years to "discover" fire extinguishers for fog. 

He had his ideas of what, how, and when. 

 

That's how he did the impossible: he created the world's most awesome LIVE SHOW, and didn't even need a hit record!

 

I&TT sold out arenas regularly. 

 

Ike did what nobody in the music business ever did - before or since.

 

What is it that people don't understand?  I can explain it - but who will ever listen? 

Ike was in charge of a multi-million dollar business.  He directly supported dozens of people and their families with the I&TT Revue. 

If they didn't work, people starved.  Most of the guys in the group and the Ikettes screwed up plenty - it was just the life we lived. 

Can anyone understand?

 

We were not normal.  We were different.  We were musicians.

We didn't work in offices.  We didn't work in a grocery store, insurance company,

used car lot, a restaurant, or the corner store.

We worked with the I&TT Revue.

We were different.

 

You have no idea what kind of crazy things happened which could affect the contracts for the I&TT Revue. 

Try to use your BRAIN: once a contract was signed, the I&TT Revue either fulfilled the contract, or the lawsuits began. 

Big, monster lawsuits.  In effect, Ike's ass was on the line, and any member of the Revue could cause a disaster at any moment. 

Don't think for a second that this didn't happen - it did happen. 

 

Does anybody actually believe Ike handed out fines like confetti because he enjoyed it? 

Do you think he fined everybody because he needed or wanted the money? 

Get serious - it wasn't like that.  Ike was trying to maintain order in a chaotic situation. 

A quick way to get some attention is directly through your wallet. 

Ask yourself these questions logically:  How the hell could the I&TT Revue get on stage at 8pm tonight when the bass player was arrested at 5pm?  Can Ike send Rhonda to bail him out of jail, and get him onstage? 

What about when everyone is at the airport, the plane leaves in 10 minutes, and 4 group members haven't even shown up at the airport?  Now what?  They're starting to board the plane, what's happening?  Who has to make the decisions, handle the situations?

IKE

Ike only had two choices: ignore it, and let the Revue fall apart, or do something about it.  Ike dominated. 

That was the answer to everything - dominance. 

Control every part of the business, and everyone connected to it, or the business would fail. 

Few people know how many times Ike got his players out of jail, paid their lawyers, paid their fines, their rent, bought gifts for everyone, reached in his pocket and gave help to anyone and everyone. 

Ike bought people houses, cars, paid medical bills to have their kids delivered. 

The people who knew Ike knew of his kindness and generosity.

Tina doesn't look too brutalized here.  Ike used to buy $8,000.00 gowns for her, and cut them up with scissors to create a wild stage appearance.  Everybody talks about "sex appeal".  Ike designed, invented, and created it for Tina.

I like this picture.  I don't remember where it was taken, but it's a good picture, due to the sign on the wall. 

I never saw a "choker" before I met Ike. 

My wife, Rebecca, and I made some from leather, pearl buttons, and metal studs.  Ike's wearing one of two we made for him. 

The other one was very simple - just two rows of grey pearl buttons on a black leather band, and it snapped behind his neck. 

Little things like that meant more to both of us than you'd ever understand. 

I had one identical to Ike's.  When I wore mine and he wore his, we both laughed.

 

Ike bought me a coke box.  It's a small block of wood with a lid that fits so tight, coke can't spill out of it. 

It holds about 2 grams, and it's exactly like his - but his was a little larger.  I'm holding it in my hand right now, in between typing.

Ike was never legally married to Tina. 

(I believe - but I could be wrong - that California has a "common law" statute.  If you live with someone for seven (7) or more years, that IS considered "married" by state law.  WAIT!  I'm not a lawyer - so DO NOT take this as FACT.) 

The "wedding" was a prank, in a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Ike, Tina, and some others went down there to see if this "donkey making love with a woman" story was real or fake. 

A waiter came to the table, asked if they wanted their picture taken.

Ike gave the guy a few bucks, he took their picture, and said, "I now pronounce you man and wife." 

That's the "wedding" that never happened.

 

In 1988, the movie, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" required a legal release from Ike. 

Ike was paid $45,000. to sign a contract which absolutely prohibited him from suing Disney Productions. 

At that time, the money seemed like a fortune to Ike, he signed without consulting a good lawyer. 

Contrary to RUMORS, Ike was certainly not a consultant to that movie.

 

Sadder and Sadder

The news that Ike died of cocaine toxicity and other complications only makes me sadder than I was. 

I hadn't seen Ike for nearly 5 years, but we talked regularly.  We never spoke of cocaine.  

 

I hoped in my heart he'd had enough - I really believed he was done with it forever.  But apparently I was wrong. 

I read several news reports of the San Diego Medical Examiner, confirming cocaine toxicity along with contributing conditions of high blood pressure and emphysema.

 

I never denied snorting with Ike.  I liked it - it made me feel good, and when I was around him, we'd definitely snort. 

I couldn't keep up with Ike, that's for sure, but I made an effort.

When I wasn't around him, I'd occasionally snort with other musicians - but it was occasional.

 

I'm different. 

I learned - back in the early 1970s - DRUGS AREN'T FOR ME. 

I didn't want to live that lifestyle - day after day after day.

 

Weeks turn into months, and then months become years.   

 

I hope anyone who reads this can learn a lesson.  Drugs - not only cocaine - can start out being "just a little fun". 

And they can grow into a 30 year addiction, too.  They can cost you a lot more than the money in your bank account. 

 

Ike spent more money in one rehab facility than most people earn in 10 years - and he still went back to coke. 

As much as I love Ike, and I DO love him, he had one critical flaw: he let cocaine control him. 

 

My REAL feelings are clear - IKE FUCKED UP

He killed himself - for fucking COCAINE 

 

I'm so Goddamn sorry that I don't even have WORDS to expound on this.  I wish I could have been a better friend for Ike. 

I wish I could have done something - anything - to help him leave that fucking shit alone - permanently. 

It would have been worth it to get in a fistfight with him - and get my ass beat to shit - if it meant no more coke for Ike. 

Reading this, you'll never know how sad I am that I could do nothing.

 

Ironic?

   

Left: my home studio - 32x8 mixers, Mackie HR824 monitors.

Right: Ike's home studio - more elaborate 8 mixer, Mackie HR824 monitors.

 

Dallas - July 2, 1976

Would anybody like to know? 

Anyone want to know why Ike and Tina had a bloody battle in a limo in Dallas, Texas? 

I've known the facts for years, and so have many, many others.
 

I love Ike, but I completely agree with Tina on the issues concerning cocaine.  

Tina had decided that Ike's constant use of coke and sexual behaviors was so far out of hand, that she wanted to leave. 

 

She was right.  Ike couldn't go a half a day without coke. 

Probably because of the unlimited coke, he had women around him regularly.  Nonstop, free cocaine draws a whole lot of "friends" in a hurry.  

 

I'm not absolutely positive the other women had sexual relations with Ike, so there's no point in writing about it. 

For me, that wasn't the real issue - cocaine was. 

To be honest, I felt a lot like Tina, but I kept my thoughts and feelings about cocaine to myself. 

I only discussed them privately - with my wife.   

There was non-stop, ever-increasing coke in his world, and as much as I love and respect Ike, his musical abilities, and even his dominant, controlling personality - the coke worried me.  There was just too much cokeFAR too much coke.

 

Ike loved his lifestyle. 

There was no way I was going to make him slow down or stop.

I couldn't change Ike.  Who the hell was I?

I was a keyboard player that Ike paid a lot of money for sometimes.

If I had talked to him, he wouldn't have heard one word of it.

Ike loved his lifestyle. 


The details of how and why start months earlier.

Ike owned the name "Tina Turner", and had power of attorney over her, as well. 

At the time, their recording contract with United Artists (Liberty) was ending.

Ike negotiated a new, 5 year recording deal with Cream Records for $150,000. per year, with options. 

What that meant, in plain English, was that Tina would be tied to Ike for at least 5 more years, if he signed that record contract.

They were headed to Dallas to play concerts.  They left on Thursday. 

The new recording contract would be signed on Monday, when they returned from Texas. 

Tina had exactly 4 days to either get free, or be locked into 5 more years with Ike.

I wasn't there.  I heard it from the horse's mouth, and I believe Ike.

Tina did any and everything to provoke Ike.  She'd known for years exactly how to push his buttons and get him furious. 

Ike had major problems with his nose for many years, due to so much cocaine abuse, and he was frequently in pain and bleeding from his nose. 

 

I'd seen it myself - blood and mucus coming from his nose, in his mustache, dripping off his chin. 

When this happened, it was disgusting, and I always got him tissues and wet paper towels, and helped him clean himself up.   

It was so bad, that the membrane between his nostrils was gone, due to cocaine.

Ike literally burned part of the inside of his nose away with cocaine. 

He was addicted to coke.  I don't think anyone would ever contradict it.

 

Tina took the opportunity, and it went on for hours. 

It began on the way to Los Angeles airport, continued during the flight from Los Angeles to Dallas, and also after they got into the limo to go to the hotel. 

 

She wouldn't give Ike a tissue.  She turned her nose up at him.  She laughed at him.  She ignored him. 

She looked out the window, as if Ike wasn't sitting there in pain, bleeding. 

She intentionally pushed every button in the book, and made sure Ike would blow up.  So Ike blew up.

 

In the limo, Ike slapped the shit out of her.  But Tina didn't sit there to be slapped. 

She jumped right on top of Ike, with both of her knees in his chest, and pounded the Goddamn DOGSHIT out of Ike with her fists.

 

Ike said they went around like prizefighters for awhile.  Both of Ike's eyes were cut and bleeding, (from Tina's jewelry) besides his nose. 

 

They arrived at the hotel, went up to their suite, and Ike fainted.  When he woke up, Tina had run away. (allegedly, with $0.68 - but maybe somebody overlooked the $20,000.00 Gold American Express card.  Ike, Rhonda, and Tina all had one.)   

 

But Ike got the last word .... several years later, he put together a new group (I was invited, but declined), and recorded THIS SONG

ANYONE can figure out it's about Tina.  And the lyrics TELL THE TRUTH. 

 

Tina just couldn't cope with it.  The ending of the song says "SORRY". 

"Sorry" is RIGHT.  Ike gave her what she wanted - and it was just too much for her to handle.       

 

Ann Bullock - Tina Turner

In my experience, Ann was a nice, polite, charming woman.  I don't ever recall her smoking or drinking, and she rarely used profanity. 

To me, she did - on occasion - seem quite argumentative with Ike.  She definitely "pushed his buttons". 

 

I never saw her take any drugs - positively not cocaine.

 

Ann seemed very lady-like in the years that I knew her. 

But - as a playing musician - I was more "Ike's", so Ann and I rarely had any discussions about anything of any meaning. 

When we talked, we basically chatted about nothing.  Occasionally, she brought up the "cocaine" issue.

I kept my mouth shut.  That wasn't an issue for me to discuss with Ann.  

Maybe some people know the real history, maybe not. 

I wasn't there personally, so I'm relating stories that came from different sources: Ike, Ann, Ikettes, people in the group, old friends, and public facts.

Years back, in East St. Louis, Ike had the hottest group that ever hit a stage. 

The name of the group was "Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm". 

Everywhere the group went, the crowds followed.  Ike sold out every place he played - that's how good his group was. 

Musically, Ike owned St. Louis and the surrounding area.

Ann Bullock lived in St. Louis, too.  Ann, and her sister, Alline, were going out with musicians in Ike's group.  

During a break one night, somebody gave Ann a microphone, and Ike heard her sing. 

At that time, Ann was going out with one of Ike's sax players, Raymond Hill.  

 

Soon, she was also learning plenty about real singing, phrasing, dynamics, stage presence, choreography, and fronting Ike's show. 

 

Ike trained Ann

 

He trained her singing, her dancing, her stage moves, her hand and facial movements, her spoken interaction with an audience.

He created her visual effect: sexy legs, ripped up gowns, wigs, makeup .... everything was a result of Ike's professional vision for his show.

And EVERYTHING in Ike's professional vision brought the focus directly to Ann and the Ikettes. 

Ike lived in the background onstage - he wanted to stay in the background.  He was the director.  That's exactly how Ike planned it.

 

Berry Gordy (Motown) did exactly the same thing with his acts.

TRAINING.  YEARS of TRAINING.

FINISHING SCHOOL!

Do some reading and studying - you'll discover I'm right .... and truthful.

 

She occasionally sang a few songs, onstage, with Ike's group, and this went on for quite awhile - several years, actually. 

 

At some point, Ann became pregnant by Raymond.  Her mother threw her out of the house.

(Raymond, incidentally, beat up Ann regularly, until he disappeared back to Mississippi with a broken leg.) 

 

Ann didn't have any money, she was living in a garage in an alley. 

After (Raymond) Craig Hill was born, she worked at some kind of menial job - a nurse assistant - but didn't have enough money to make ends meet. 

 

When Ike discovered this, he moved her into his house, and gave her some money every week. 

Ann was NOT part of Ike's group.  At the time, Ike didn't want or need a female vocalist.  Ann "sat in" occasionally, and sang a few songs with them.

 

At about this time, Ike wrote a song, "A Fool In Love", for a singer named Art Lassiter. 

Lassiter never showed up for the recording session, (which Ike paid for - meaning musicians, studio rental, tape, etc.).

After considerable begging and pleading, Ike allowed Ann to do the vocal track.  It was supposed to be temporary, until Lassiter could do the vocal. 

BUT - Juggy Murray from Sue Records heard it, and wanted to release it with Ann's vocal. 

Ike got his advance check (about $20,000.00) from Sue Records .... and here's where it gets interesting.

The record started selling - so Ike had to go out on the road - "the chitlin' circuit" - to increase record sales. 

Ike had some kind of fixation on that Tarzan and Jane theme - a "Nyoka of the Jungle" fetish - so he invented the name "Tina" for Ann. 

He patented the names "Tina Turner", "Ike and Tina Turner", and later he patented the name "Ikettes", too. 

Because of the record, suddenly "Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm" became the "Ike and Tina Turner Revue".

The record sold pretty well, and that's how Ike and Tina Turner began. 

If Lassiter had shown up to record, everything might have been completely different. 

It was an unusual accident and coincidence - history was written because somebody didn't show up for a recording session.

Right about this time, Ike also got Ann pregnant.  She gave birth to Ike's son, Ronnie. (The only child of Ike Turner and Ann Bullock.  Later, Ike legally adopted Raymond's child (Craig), and supported four (4) children as his own, including the two (2) children from his prior "wife", Lorraine.) 

 

Ann Bullock: a teenager, the unwed mother of two children. (promiscuous?  you decide.)

But, thanks to Ike, she had a record headed up the R&B charts. 

 

Somehow, I think Ann forgot her roots - she forgot where she came from, forgot how she became who she became. 

As a musician, I saw Ann in a certain way.  Ann seemed like a nice, polite, personable woman. 

Ann was a lady.  A respectable lady with dignity. 

 

But she never seemed to have an original thought of her own in the world I lived in - music .... and that makes perfect sense. 

Musically, Ike controlled everything - so Ann's ideas, if she ever had any - weren't too applicable. 

 

She had maids, cooks, housekeepers, babysitters.  She didn't have the problems that the rest of the world has to cope with. 

She had any and everything she wanted. 

EXCEPT .....

 

I think Ann really wanted something that she couldn't have.  She wanted to change Ike. 

She wanted Ike to be a "typical, conventional" man for her.  I believe Ann wanted to exclusively own Ike.

 

In the beginning, they started out as friends, buddies.  In time, they became working MUSIC partners. 

 

In the old days, Ann used to fix Ike up with different women all the time - FOR SEX 

Maybe you better read THAT again - twice

 

She always knew what he was, what he liked, what he wanted.  Ike's appetite for different women was insatiable. 

 

Ann may have grown to love Ike romantically, but Ike loved Ann like a sister.  Ike constantly had different women around him.  That never stopped.

 

I believe that Ann changed - and Ike didn't: women, cars, jewelry, clothes, a wild lifestyle, crazy partying, and the real disaster: cocaine.

(keep in mind that I first met Ike in 1969 - he was already addicted to coke)

 

I honestly think this became more of an issue for Ann as years went by.  In the beginning, I think they both understood what Ike was. 

Over time, I think it became a humiliating, embarrassing situation for Ann, because Ike's extreme behaviors were pretty obvious. 

Nothing could slow Ike down - and the coke just added to it.

 

Maybe she forgot that Ike was right there for her when she had TB, pneumonia, yellow jaundice, the times she tried to commit suicide, anytime she was in the hospital, all the ups and all the downs.

 

Maybe she forgot that after the physical violence in Dallas, Ann wanted to continue with the I&TT Revue - but not as "Mrs. Turner". 

She wanted to move out, get a house for her and the kids, live her own life, and only be "Tina Turner" onstage.

 

Ike was famous as a womanizer.  But - based on my knowledge - he kept his activities PRIVATE.

 

He took his coke orgies and freaky women off to a hotel suite someplace. (but - that's assuming "coke orgies" and "freaky women")

Ike didn't put any of this in anyone's face - but Ann, and everyone else, could ASSUME what was happening. 

And they might have been right.  Or they might have been wrong. 

I know a little about some of this - because I was there.  But I CAN'T be absolutely positive WHAT Ike was doing in those hotel rooms. 

I never asked, and Ike never said a word about this subject. 

 

Anyone could imagine what Ike was doing, but nobody ever saw it, or knew for sure. 

Maybe Ike was in a hotel suite writing a song - nobody really knew except Ike and whoever was in the suite with him.

 

Personally, I think Ike was probably compulsive about women. 

But I could be wrong - I'll never really know.  Or I could be right.

 

I think Ann forgot about the details of the divorce. 

She - not Ike - made it clear that she wanted nothing.  Nothing.  No houses, no studio, no properties, no investments, no royalties, nothing at all. 

She wanted nothing except the name "Tina Turner", and that's just what the court awarded to her - exactly what she asked for. 

She forgot the times after Dallas when they had lunch, talked things out, the various times that Ike tried to help her. 

Maybe she forgot the day of the divorce, in the courthouse, she was sitting by Ike's side, holding his hand, having a civilized discussion with him. 

 

I think Ann "remembered" what would sell the book she wrote - with plenty of editorial help, or, if you prefer the word, "spin".

She didn't write her book herself - instead (much like she used Ike) she had a CO-WRITER, Kurt Loder.

 

Words in Ann's book say a lot of things - but my eyes never saw those things.

 

A lot of Ann's book is accurate.  Ike's daily use of cocaine did increase from "excessive" to "absolutely unbelievable". 

And, after four (4) days of non-stop coke, meaning no sleep and very little food, Ike did become argumentative and temperamental.

This especially happened in the studio, during a "run".

 

NO DENIALS 

 

I had to deal with it myself, while I was trying to cut keyboard parts that he wanted.  We argued about all of them. 

The more Ike snorted, the less he even knew what parts he wanted.  They changed in 60 seconds. 

Unless you've gone face-to-face in an argument with Ike, you'll NEVER know.

 

I've always loved him, and I've always said and stood behind the same thingTOO MUCH IS TOO FUCKING MUCH. 

 

January, 2013 Addition

I wrote this above, on December 13, 2007, in the first email (at the top of this page), and I'd like to expand.

 

"I do have eyes, though.  I think I can recognize a woman who has been beaten, crying, or obviously battered."

 

I recently read Ann's book again.  I'm pretty sure I've read it no less than nine (9) times. 

There are many factual mistakes throughout her book - places, details, people's names, which instrument they played, etc.

 

Am I writing that Ann is a LIAR?

NO, I AM NOT.

I am writing that - to the best of my knowledge - there are many mistakes and exaggerations in her book.

 

I think the book is extremely exaggerated.  I can't agree with her never-ending accusations of beatings, black eyes, swollen, bloody lips, nose, and face, bruising, and the endless physical abuse. 

 

I spent a lot of time with Ike, Ann, and the Revue from 1969-1976. 

I cannot UNDERSTAND why I never saw any evidence of all these beatings. 

Ann's book also claims repeated beatings of secretaries - but I never saw any evidence of that, either.

I just don't understand how all these injuries were somehow HIDDEN from view.

Below is another email which I recently received.  I edited it.  I did not change any words.  I did remove quite a bit of the original text. 

I highlighted some points, and made some text bold.

(If anyone doubts the validity of this email, I will forward it on request.)

 

Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013
From: Cecile
[ full name/email removed ]
Subject: I just finished reading your comments on Ike and Tina
To: <stephenleigh at verizon dot net>
Original-recipient: rfc822;stephenleigh at verizon dot net
 
Hi:
First and foremost, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife and best friend. I hope you are doing well. I lost my mom at a young age and know very well what loss feels like.
 
Maybe, I have no right asking or commenting but I felt compelled to write to you after reading Tina's book, listening to Ike on the Howard Stern show from years back and then reading your information. I am a retired HCLieutenant in the Fire Department and I knew in Tina's book where she had written "Ike broke her jaw and she went on stage to sing". Well, I have seen many a broken jaws, nose etc... and there is no way your gonna sing with your jaw broke.
 
I feel like the most honest answers were from you. [ text removed ] I also didnt understand when Ike said Tina had sex with women and about 5 years ago in an interview Tina stated she was very in touch with her masculine side. I am just confused about this whole bisexual thing. Do you know?
 

ATTENTION, WORLD!  

I know nothing whatsoever about Ann's sexual life.

I never did.  I never will.  It's none of my business.  I don't want to know.

Some things are private.

I am glad you wrote about  drugs and the danger because at 18 I was with the drummer at the time [ text removed ]. I was dating the drummer [ text removed ] and he gave me alot of cocaine and he snorted alot of heroin with [ text removed ] ( I didnt touch heroin, it scared me). [ text removed ]

I went back home and to college and it was the best decision I ever made.
 
thanks for sharing,
Cecile [ full name/email removed ] 

 

Without Ike Turner, who would "Tina" have ever been?

Based on her own words, I believe she would have been a nurse.

I believe it's doubtful Ann would have ever been a singer.

 

Is This A Discrepancy?

On the "Nutbush City Limits" album, full songwriter credit on 7 of the 10 songs is given to Ann. 

Does Ann play guitar or keyboards?  How could she "write" a song? 

Maybe she co-wrote - but somebody had to come up with the chord progression for these songs. 

I believe she came up with some, possibly most, of the lyrics, but somebody had to write the music for the lyrics. 

Would anyone care to guess who?

 

Could anyone demonstrate exactly how you write a song when you can't play an instrument? 

Anyone certainly could write words and maybe come up with a melody line - but what goes under those words? 

Major changes?  Minor?  What chord progression - which is a part of EVERY SONG - did Ann write? 

I'd bet $5 she doesn't even know what key the songs she "wrote" are in. 

 

There's a whole story here, too.  It's about Ike's "staff writers".  I'll add it someday.

 

What Is Abuse?

You answer that.  You have your own mind, your own beliefs. 

I can offer some thoughts, maybe you can relate to them, maybe not.  Maybe you're so young, you can't remember the 1950s. 

Maybe you have to ask your parents or grandparents to understand. 

 

Long ago, parents spanked their kids.  Sometimes, the kids had to go to a tree, and bring back a switch for their spankings. 

Sometimes Daddy beat the kid's bottom with a belt.  Some kids got a wooden paddle until they couldn't sit down for awhile.

 

The word "ABUSE" means something completely, totally different than it did 50 years ago. 

Without going into detail, let's consider that the United States was born in 1776. 

Normal, acceptable social behavior in the United States, from 1776, provided that men controlled and dominated their women and their families.

 

Right or wrong, that tradition went on for about 200 years

 

Women became "liberated" sometime in the late 1960s.  They burned their bras at demonstrations - now that makes a lot of sense. 

Go buy a bra, then burn it.

 

But it's hard to break tradition.  Think of the millions of people that grew up to be good, productive members of our population - the same ones whose asses got whipped when they were young.

 

Physical punishment was an everyday event. 

I well recall the school principal whacking kids with rulers and a paddle - before he called your parents and you went home for a real ass kicking.   

 

Think about Ike Turner, who was born in 1931 - a time when Daddy or Mommy would beat some ass over the slightest infraction. 

And the more the infractions, the more ass beating took place. 

It wasn't limited to Ike, Mississippi, black people, Clarksdale, or any other regional or racial delineation.

 

Think about TINA - Ann Bullock.  You think maybe HER mama didn't beat her ass when she fucked up?  WAKE UP, PEOPLE.  

 

It was life - NORMAL life - for normal people, everywhere in America

 

This isn't justification of physical violence.  It's only facts. 

 

Some of you are old enough to know that I write the truth. 

Probably, most of you are just kids. 

Maybe your parents sent you emails if you fucked up for the 73rd time. 

Maybe they gave you "time outs" when you got busted in high school with a bag of pot and some LSD.

Maybe you got a little scolding to go with it. 

 

I don't knowI don't care. 

 

YOU figure it all out.

 

Assuming you've read what I've written, here is a link which you might enjoy.

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