Ike Turner's death yesterday at 76 has been duly noted in the press. The words "wife-beater" were in every obituary, a result of his wife Tina Turner's revelations after the breakup of their relationship.
That episode in Ike Turner's life defined him in the minds of many. But the man was a genius -- a songwriter, guitarist, and piano player with few equals.
His Kings of Rhythm teamed up with Jackie Brenston in Memphis to record what's generally acknowledged to be the first rock 'n roll song ever.
Here's a nice video tribute. Rest in Peace, Ike.