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Gibson hails 'pioneering' Ike Turner

Ike Turner has been praised for his part in creating rock 'n' roll by electric guitar firm Gibson.
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Electric guitar manufacturer Gibson has hailed Ike Turner as an important pioneer in rock 'n' roll.

According to the company, the late musician spent his whole life experimenting with variations on the blues.

This, it stated, led to him playing a "crucial" part in the birth of rock 'n' roll, devising "radical" guitar playing techniques and making seminal records such as Rocket 88.

His talent-scouting ability was also commended by Gibson, as he helped acts such as Howlin' Wolf get signed to a record label.

Gibson hailed Turner's collaborations with wife Tina as another of his career highlights.

The pair notched up hits such as Nutbush City Limits, River Deep - Mountain High and their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary.

"Ike's skills as an arranger, songwriter, bandleader and businessman, coupled with Tina's sensuality and pure vocal soul, put 29 singles on the charts during their 16 years together," Gibson commented.

Turner died two years ago at the age of 76.

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Posted on 9 Nov 2009 18:00 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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