East St. Louis Nightclub Fire Destroys Ike & Tina Turner Landmark
The club had gone by various names over the years but was known most recently as Four Aces."It's been vacant for the last couple months and they had break-ins by copper thieves," said East St. Louis Fire Chief Thomas Grimmett.
"Broadway winds east from downtown, and within a few blocks the vibe is considerably more country than city. Many of the theaters, clubs and restaurants, long neglected, have crumbled and died," then-staff writer Randall Roberts wrote in a Riverfront Times feature story back in 2005.
"Turner used to tool around in a Buick Dynaflow crammed with young girls and musical instruments, recalls East St. Louis poet laureate Eugene Redmond. Turner would inevitably land at the Manhattan, where he'd practice and perform."Annie Mae would someday become Tina Turner. 'She was a teeny-bopper and a groupie,' Redmond remembers. The future superstar used to hang around the Manhattan while her future husband was practicing. 'Ike was known to run through women,' he laughs. 'Leon Thomas [who later gained fame as the yodeler on Pharoah Sanders' glorious "The Creator Has a Master Plan"] gave him the name, "Ike Turner, the Woman Burner."'"