JACKSON, Miss. Rock icon Ike Turner is about to get recognition in his Mississippi hometown nearly three years after his death.
This weekend in Clarksdale, officials and music fans will gather to unveil two markers honoring Turner and his musical legacy. The unveilings coincide with the 23rd annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, dedicated this year to Rocket 88, the 1951 Turner tune often cited as the first rock n roll song.
Blues trail research director Jim ONeal says Turner is one of the most important figures in American music, though his legacy often is overshadowed by the turbulent years of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in the 60s and 70s.
A crowd of 25,000 is expected at the festival that starts today and features performances by dozens of acts.