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Turner began playing piano and guitar when he was eight, forming his group, the Kings of Rhythm, as a teenager.

He employed the group as his backing band for the rest of his life.

Said Turner, "We wanted to play blues, boogie-woogie and Roy Brown, Jimmy Liggins, Roy Milton." Turner kept the name throughout his career, although it went through lineup changes over time. King helped them to get a steady weekend gig and recommended them to Sam Phillips at Sun Studio.

Their early stage performances consisted largely of covers of popular jukebox hits. Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, where in 1951 Turner and the Kings of Rhythm recorded Rocket 88, one of the first rock and roll records.

Turner has frequently been referred to as a "great innovator" of rock and roll by contemporaries such as Little Richard Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on November 5, 1931, to Beatrice Cushenberry (1909–195?

), a seamstress, and Isaiah (or Izear) Luster Turner, a Baptist minister.

His mother then married a man called Philip Reeves.

Near the end of his life, he returned to live performance as a front man and, returning to his blues roots, produced two albums that were critically well received and award-winning.Turner said that when he was very young he witnessed his father beaten and left for dead by a white mob.His father lived for three years as an invalid in a tent in the family's yard before succumbing to his injuries.The younger of their two children, Turner had an elder sister named Ethel May.Turner believed that he had been named after his father, but discovered his name had been mistakenly registered as Ike Wister Turner when applying for his first passport.

Near the end of his life, he returned to live performance as a front man and, returning to his blues roots, produced two albums that were critically well received and award-winning.Turner said that when he was very young he witnessed his father beaten and left for dead by a white mob.His father lived for three years as an invalid in a tent in the family's yard before succumbing to his injuries.The younger of their two children, Turner had an elder sister named Ethel May.Turner believed that he had been named after his father, but discovered his name had been mistakenly registered as Ike Wister Turner when applying for his first passport.Turner would later work at the studio as in-house producer for Sam Phillips.