Ike Turner - Won't You Forgive Me (Sue 749)
Won't You Forgive Me
Ike Turner died yesterday. He was 76 years old. You cannot overstate his importance in the development of American popular music.
His longtime partner, Tina Turner released this statement through her publicist:
"Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made."
What a bunch of crap. I don't care who this woman (or her 'publicist') think they are, but please!
I can tell you this, The B side will be doing an extensive examination of Ike (and Tina's) music in the coming months... life is just too crazy right now, with Christmas almost upon us, to give this story the attention it deserves. But we will, I promise.
This ultra-cool selection we have here was released as the flip of their mega 1961 hit It's Gonna Work Out Fine. Apparently, the first pressings of the single were issued under Ike's name alone, and Tina's was added later on as the record went to #2 R&B (kept from the #1 spot by Bobby Lewis' smash Tossin' and Turnin'). It would stay there on the label for the next fifteen years...
Won't You Forgive Me?, Ike asked. Tina's answer to that question, quite obviously, is a resounding NO!
I forgive you, Mister Turner.
God Rest Your Soul.