Ike Turner Biography: Net Worth, Age, Parents, Spouse, Children, Siblings, Songs, Cause of Death

June 14, 2024 0 Posted By Titiloye Oluwapelumi

Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr. was a celebrated American musician, songwriter, record producer, bandleader, and talent scout. He was one of the early pioneers of 1950s rock and roll. He is best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s as the leader of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with his wife, Tina Turner.

Despite his musical success, Turner‘s legacy is also tainted by allegations of domestic abuse towards Tina and his troubled personal life, which was documented in the biopic “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”

His death in 2007 marked the end of a controversial yet influential career in the music industry.


  • Full Name: Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr.
  • Stage Name: Ike Turner
  • Born: 5 November 1931
  • Died: 12 December 2007 (age 76 years)
  • Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States.
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: American musician, bandleader, songwriter, record producer, and talent scout
  • Height: 6’2
  • Parent: Beatrice Cushenberry and Izear Luster Turner,
  • Siblings: 1, Ethel May Turner.
  • Spouse: Audrey Madison Turner (m. 2006–2007), Jeanette Bazzell Turner (m. 1995–2001), Tina Turner (m. 1962–1978), Bonnie Mae Wilson (m. 1953–1955), and Lorraine Taylor (m. ?–1979)
  • Children: 6, Ronnie Turner, Michael Turner, Ike Turner Jr., Mia Turner, Twanna Turner Melby, and Linda Trippeter
  • Relationship: Married
  • Net Worth: $500,000

Early Life And Education.

Ike Turner was a musician, songwriter, and record producer born November 5, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States. He was raised by his parents, Beatrice Cushenberry and Izear Luster Turner, and grew up with one sibling, Ethel May Turner.

Despite quitting school in the eighth grade, Turner went on to have a successful career in the music industry, starting as an elevator operator and eventually becoming a DJ at a radio station.

Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr. was a well-known American musician, songwriter, and record producer. His career was divided into two main parts: his early work as a rock and roll pioneer and his later success with Ike & Tina Turner.


Turner first showed his musical talent as a teenager, playing piano and guitar and forming his band Kings of Rhythm in high school.

In the early 1950s, they released the song “Rocket 88,” which many consider the first rock and roll recording, though it was credited under a different name.

Turner was also a talent scout and session musician during this time. In the 1960s, Turner discovered and mentored Tina Turner, forming the highly successful R&B and soul act the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Known for their electrifying live performances and hits like “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limits,” the duo won multiple Grammy Awards.

Ike Turner had a successful career as a solo artist in the 1980s until he died in 2007. Despite the turmoil in his personal life and tumultuous relationship with Tina Turner, Ike released several solo blues albums and achieved critical acclaim for his work.

He even won Grammy Awards for his later blues music and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (along with Tina Turner) and other Halls of Fame. While his personal life may have been troubled, Ike Turner‘s musical contributions cannot be denied.

He was a talented musician, bandleader, and innovator who significantly developed rock and roll and R&B.

Awards and Nominations

Grammy Awards:


  • 2 Competitive Wins:
    • 1972: Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group (with Tina Turner) for “Proud Mary.”
    • 2007: Best Traditional Blues Album for “Risin’ With The Blues” (shared with Ike Turner Jr. and Alexander Track)
  • 3 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductions:
    • “Rocket 88”
    • “River Deep – Mountain High”
    • “Proud Mary”


  • 1975: Best Soul Gospel Performance (for “The Gospel According To Ike And Tina”) (shared with Ike & Tina Turner)
  • 1975: Best Soul Gospel Performance (for “Father Alone”) (possibly others throughout his career)

Other Awards:

  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Tina Turner (1991)
  • Solo inductions into various Halls of Fame, including:
    • St. Louis Walk of Fame
    • Clarksdale Walk of Fame
    • Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame
    • Blues Hall of Fame
    • Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame
  • Recording Academy’s Heroes Award (unspecified year)

Social Media.

Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr.‘s Social media account is not found.

Personal Life

Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr. was married multiple times. He often married another woman before divorcing his existing wife, a pattern that continued with his subsequent marriages. Turner‘s first marriage was to Edna Dean Stewart at the young age of 16 in 1948.

His second marriage was to Velma Davis in 1950 and then to Marion Louis Lee in 1952. After their divorce in 1955, Turner married Annie Mae Wilson in 1958, but she eventually left him for a policeman in 1959.

In 1962, Turner married Ann Bullock, who he later renamed Tina Turner, but they divorced in 1974. Despite his multiple marriages, Turner’s relationships were often tumultuous and ended in divorce.

Ike Turner‘s personal life was marked by multiple marriages and relationships. He married Margaret Ann Thomas in Las Vegas in 1981 but divorced in 1990.

In 1988, his son Ike Turner Jr. introduced him to St. Louis native singer Jeanette Bazzell, who became his lead vocalist and later his wife, in a private ceremony in Las Vegas 1995.

However, they divorced in 2000. Turner then met and married San Francisco native singer Audrey Madison in 2006, but their marriage ended in divorce. In 2007, Turner married French singer Afida Turner.

Despite his success in the music industry, Turner struggled with drug addiction for much of his later career. His cocaine addiction contributed to his legal troubles and, ultimately, his death from a drug overdose in 2007.


Solo Albums:

  • 1962: Dance with Ike & Tina Turner’s Kings of Rhythm
  • 1963: Rocks The Blues
  • 1969: Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm: A Black Man’s Soul
  • 1972: Blues Roots
  • 1972: Strange Fruit
  • 1973: Confined To Soul
  • 1973: Bad Dreams
  • 1980: The Edge (featuring Tina Turner and Home-Grown Funk)
  • 1996: My Blues Country
  • 1996: Without Love…I Have Nothing
  • 2001: Here and Now

Selected Compilations:

  • 1976: Sun – The Roots Of Rock, Volume 3: Delta Rhythm Kings
  • 1976: I’m Tore Up
  • 1981: Kings of Rhythm
  • 1984: Hey Hey
  • 1990: Cobra Sessions 1958
  • 1991: Trailblazer
  • 1993: Rocks The Blues
  • 1994: I Like Ike! …
  • 1995: Rhythm Rockin’ Blues
  • 2000: Ike’s Instrumentals (1954–1965)
  • 2001: The Sun Sessions
  • 2003: Ike Turner (Blues Kingpins Series)

Net Worth

Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr. was a highly influential musician, songwriter, and producer. Despite his immense talent, his career was overshadowed by accusations of domestic abuse and drug addiction.

At his death in 2007, he had a net worth of $500,000, but his legacy continues to spark conversations about the intersection of talent and personal conduct.

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