ROCKET "88"

Rocket "88" was Ike’s first recording in 1951 and is considered as a contender for the first „rock & roll“ song. The record sold approximately half a million copies, went to #1 on the Billboard R&B charts and was the second best selling record that year, but Ike was only paid $20 for it. The producer Sam Phillips sold it to Chess Records in Chicago and released it under the name "Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats“, which were Ike's „Kings of Rhythm“. The track was in fact written by Ike Turner, who also played piano. Jackie Brenston was the saxophone player of the „Kings of Rhythm“ and did the lead vocals on both tracks. The song is a hymn of praise to the joys of the Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" automobile which had recently been introduced.

Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single
Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single
A. ROCKET "88" 2:48
B. COME BACK WHERE YOU BELONG 2:43

Written by Ike Turner
Produced by Sam Phillips
Lead vocals by Jackie Brenston

Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single
Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single

Ike Turner single chronology