I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) is the first and very successful solo single from the Ikettes, with Tina on the backing vocals. A different version was also included on the 1974 album (G)Old & New.

Released in January 1962 from Atco Records in America and in February 1962 from London Records in England on 7ā€œ vinyl, I’m Blue reached #3 (R&B) and #19 (Pop) in America.

Billboard Magazine - February 10, 1962: The group was originally formed to provide the background singing for the vocal duo, Ike and Tina Turner. The Ikettes toured extensively with the Ike and Tina Turner revue and on a one-nighter were called upon to do a tune of their own. Their performance was received most favorably, and from then on the song became a feature number in the show. The tune was ā€œlā€˜m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)." Because of the enthusiastic reception the girls received, lke Turner was convinced that they should record the tune. Atco Records bought the disk and the lkettes had a hit on their first record. Their latest single "I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)" is the hot chart item, moving up steadily to capture the No. 28 slot this week on the Hot 100.

Ikettes - I’m Blue - Single
Ikettes - I’m Blue - Single

A. I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) (Edit) 2:34

Written by Ike Turner / Produced by Ike Turner

B. Find My Baby 1:38

Written by Ike Turner / Produced by Ike Turner

Ikettes - I’m Blue - Promo


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Ikettes - I’m Blue - Single

I’m Blue

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