Content material warning: This text incorporates references to sexual violence.
P.P. Arnold, the unique singer of the traditional tune “The First Lower Is the Deepest,” says in her forthcoming memoir Soul Survivor that she was sexually assaulted by Ike Turner.
In a brand new interview with The Telegraph, Arnold spoke about touring as a member of the Ikettes — the backup singers for the Ike and Tina Turner Revue — and claimed that Ike “trapped her in a room and raped her.”
“What can I say? It was terrible,” she stated. “I despised Ike on that degree, however I didn’t know find out how to categorical myself. I used to be informed Tina [Turner] needed to do away with me as a result of Ike was after me. If I had run to Tina or referred to as my dad and mom, it might have meant I’d have [had] to return residence.”
The interview doesn’t make clear when the incident passed off, however Arnold toured with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue round 1965 and commenced pursuing a solo profession in 1966 or so. By 1967, she had an enormous hit with “The First Lower Is the Deepest,” and charted once more in 1968 with a canopy of “Angel of the Morning.” In 1984, she carried out within the authentic solid of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Starlight Specific, and in 2019 she launched her most up-to-date album, The New Adventures of… P.P. Arnold. Soul Survivor: The Autobiography is out this Thursday, July seventh.
Tina and Ike Turner had been married from 1962 to 1978, and Tina has spoken many instances in regards to the home violence she skilled. As famous by Pitchfork, Tina wrote in her 2018 memoir My Love Story that, “Intercourse with Ike had change into an expression of hostility — a sort of rape — particularly when it started or ended with a beating.”
Ike Turner died in 2007 of a cocaine overdose exacerbated by emphysema. As for Tina, final yr she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame.