Category: ike & tina turner

1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.

1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.

twixnmix: Tina Turner during a concert at the…

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Tina Turner during a concert at the Felt Forum on November 25, 1969 in New York City.

She’s wearing a short fringed dress by Lori Lazaar, Paris.

(Photos by Walter Iooss Jr.) 

Tina Turner on The Tonight Show with Johnny Ca…

Tina Turner on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, New York City, 1970, by Glen Craig

Tina Turner with The Ikettes on The Tonight Sh…

Tina Turner with The Ikettes on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, 1970, by Glenn Craig

Tina Turner upside down hand goggles thing, 19…

Tina Turner upside down hand goggles thing, 1976, by Lynn Goldsmith

Tina Turner, London 1974, by Mick Rock

Tina Turner, London 1974, by Mick Rock

Tina Turner, Hamburg 1972, by Heinrich Klaffs

Tina Turner, Hamburg 1972, by Heinrich Klaffs

Ike & Tina Turner, Come Together + Respect…

Ike & Tina Turner, Come Together + Respect, Beat Club, February 1971 

Recorded for their 1971 album Workin’ Together (their all-time bestseller, which also featured Ike & Tina’s cover of Creedence’s “Proud Mary”), this cover of The Beatles “Come Together” is positively blazing. It’s a bit of a slow burner, but a massive horn-and-guitar break gives Tina & The Ikettes a chance to showcase their flexibility that raised the temperature even higher.

Barely taking a beat, the band launches into a version of “Respect” that starts in third gear, and accelerates until it breaks into low orbit. Germany wouldn’t hear anything this fast again until The Ramones showed up in 1978. You won’t forget Aretha’s version, but it leaves Otis Redding’s original ever farther in the dust. 

Tina Turner, Proud Mary, 1971. If you’re here …

Tina Turner, Proud Mary, 1971. If you’re here for an Ike & Tina soul ballad, hit play and enjoy yourself for the next minute and 55 seconds, at which point Tina blows it to smithereens. If you’re here for Tina, skip ahead to about 1:40 to catch your breath for a couple of seconds before Tina takes it away.

Tina’s rendition reached its peak in March 1971, exactly two years after Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original version reached its peak, winning the Grammy for 1971′s Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group. 

In fact, Solomon Burke recorded a cover before Ike & Tina did, very soulful of course, very worth your while to track down, but also very much in line with John Fogerty’s original performance. As Burke recalled later, though, “The greatest thing I ever did was tell Ike Turner, ‘Hey man, you should get on this record… I think you and Tina could tear this thing up.’”

The wisdom of Solomon is right again! Tina’s performance simply obliterates everything in its path.

twixnmix: Rolling Stone magazine covers from 1971

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Rolling Stone magazine covers from 1971