ETTA JAMES AND IKE & TINA TURNER:

Etta James reveals in her book, “Rage To Survive,” “Ike and Tina visited me in my dressing room after a performance. Tina said, “Look what Ike bought me.” She loved showing off her wardrobe. I knew the clothes came from thieving women who were also in love with Ike but I didn’t say anything. Suddenly, Ike said he had some business to do and left. Tina said, “Look at this diamond Ike gave me," as she pulled the ring from her purse and started putting it on her finger. It was dazzling. When Ike came back, he took one look at the ring on Tina’s hand and without saying a word; he punched her in the face with a closed fist. Then he grabbed her hand and bent it back, and yanked off the ring, almost breaking her finger in the process. Her face swelled up right in front of me. I was shocked and horrified but before I could say a word, Tina was out of there.

 

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