I came across today’s Videodrome entry last month while digging around in search of an Ike & The Rhythm Kings performance I’d previously stumbled upon (late) one night. I never did find the Ike clip, but this “live performance” did more than suffice. And yes, do note the quotes surrounding the words ‘live’ and ‘performance’. While I haven’t found the provenance of this clip (if you know, please comment), I’m assuming it’s a television talk show promo the pair did, circa 1973, upon the release of Nutbush City Limits – Tina’s final LP with Ike before splitting (re: that – have you read I, Tina? Powerful shit.) Like the majority of Tina footage from the late 60s and early 70s, there is no argument that in terms of sheer personality she was the female James Brown when it came to owning a stage.
And while we’re on the subject, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the long-debated contribution of Marc Bolan’s guitar-work on the “Nutbush City Limits” session. A T-Rex freak, I had always assumed his playing on the tune was gospel until five or so years ago when I came across some contrarian accounts online. Sounds distinctly like Bolan to me.
The wiki take on it: “…Gloria Jones, his girlfriend at the time—who herself provided backing vocals for Ike & Tina Turner in the 1960s—stated definitely that this was the case in the 2007 BBC4 documentary Marc Bolan: The Final Word. Considering that Bolan toured the US extensively and resided in the Los Angeles area during the mid-70s, and that he is also acknowledged to have contributed to Ike & Tina Turner’s 1974 singles “Baby—Get It On” and “Sexy Ida“, Jones’ claim likely has some truth to it, especially as the guitar sound on “Nutbush City Limits” closely resembles Bolan’s style.”