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.
Written by Ike Turner ● Produced by Sam Phillips ● Lead vocals by Jackie Brenston
USA: April, 1951
USA (R&B): 1