Nutbush City Limits – Ike and Tina Turner – 1973

Ike and Tina cover Nutbush City LimitsMr and Mrs Turner’s last (decent) single together was their 31st single release – Nutbush City Limits, by Ike and Tina Turner was released in June 1973.

Ike and Tina 1better on her own

The tumultuous nature of Ike and Tina’s relationship is well chronicled. What’s not so widely appreciated is the mountain of music they made together – 34 singles, 30 studio albums, and 10 live albums – all in just 19 years.

Not one #1 single or album, however. Even the wonderful Creedence Clearwater cover, Proud Mary, only made it to #4 on the US charts.

what can’t be doubted

There is no doubting Mrs Turner’s staying power, though. Sans Ike, she has produced more singles than I could be bothered adding up from her website – still only one #1, though; What’s Love Got To Do With It, in 1984.

ike rip

Ike died of a cocaine overdose in 2007. He and Tina hadn’t spoken to each other for over 30 years.

meanwhile, back in tina’s world

Tina remarried in August this year (2013) in Switzerland where she now lives. She and her husband have been together for 27 years.

nutbush city limits fax

  • The lyrics to Nutbush City Limits were written by Tina Turner and is a semi-autobiographical account of her hometown of Nutbush, Tennessee. Ike composed the music but didn’t put his name on the record.
  • Ike and Tina 4Nutbush City Limits was released June 1973, and was the last song Tina produced with her husband Ike.
  • Nutbush City Limits peaked at #4 on the US singles charts.
  • It has long been rumoured that UK guitarist Marc Bolan played guitar on the song – this is usually disputed.
  • Since its release, Tina has released a number of versions of the song.
  • Nutbush City Limits has been covered by artists such as Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, and Alvin Lee.
  • Brian Johnson sang Nutbush City Limits as part of his first audition for the band AC/DC.
  • There is a dance named The Nutbush. It’s performed to Nutbush City Limits and was popular in Australia during the disco era (go figure!).
  • Nutbush City Limits lyrics.

nutbush city limits – ike and tina turner – 1973 – video

nutbush dance – video – what they call entertainment in aussie!

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