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Ike began playing piano and guitar, forming the Kings of rhythm in high school; he kept the name of the band throughout his career. Along with playing across the south, ike became a music scout. He brought B. B. King and Howlin’ Wolf to the attention of sam Phillips at sun records, who first recorded them and leased the sides to Bihari brothers’ Modern records in Los Angeles. ike himself recorded in the 1950s and 1960s for Modern, Chess, Flair, and Mississippi’s local label, trumpet. With the revue, he graduated to larger labels, With Tina Turner fronting the Kings of Rhythm and Ike Turner playing what became his trademark Sonic Blue Strat, R&B would never be the same again.
Shamblin was a cornerstone of the band up until 1942, when he enlisted in the armed services during World War ii. He re-upped with Wills in 1947 and played with him through 1957. When shamblin began with Wills, he was playing a radical rickenbacker Electro B, the small semi-solidbody cousin to the firm’s Frying Pan lap steel. ” shamblin soon bought a pair of massive Gibson super 400 archtops that no one could mistake for anything but a guitar. While Wills was antsy about shamblin’s first semi-solidbody, he didn’t object to the newfangled stratocaster.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Mary Kaye • 45 • Ike Turner Ike Turner plays his Strat with his Kings of Rhythm in 1956. In the back row from left, Jackie Brenston, Raymond Hill, Eddie Jones, Fred Sample, and Billy Gayles. , Turner, and Eugene Washington. Gilles Petard Collection/Redferns/Getty Images With saxman Jackie Brenston singing, Turner’s Kings of Rhythm recorded one of the first—if not the first—rock ’n’ roll songs of all time, “Rocket 88,” at Memphis’s Sun Studios. The song was licensed to Chicago’s Chess Records for release in April 1951.