Rocket "88" was Ike’s first recording and is considered as a contender for the first „Rock & Roll“ song. The record sold approximately half a million copies and was the second best selling single 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.

Released in April 1951 from Chess Records in America on 7“ vinyl, Rocket 88 reached #1 on the R&B charts.

Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single

Vinyl Single (USA) - Side A

Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single

Vinyl Single (USA) - Side B

A. Rocket "88" 2:48

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

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

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Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single

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Memphis, April 1951


1951

Ike Turner - Rocket 88 - Single

Rocket 88

1961

Ike Turner - The Big Question - Single

The Big Question