The Ikettes Biography
This female R&B trio was formed by Ike Turner as part of his revue and was used for chorusing. Throughout the 60s and 70s, there were several line-ups of Ikettes, each of which provided a stunning visual and aural complement on stage to the performances of Ike And Tina Turner. Ike Turner occasionally recorded the group, with results that emphasized their tough, soulful R&B sound, much like his work with Tina. The original group was formed from the Artettes - Robbie Montgomery, Frances Hodges and Sandra Harding - who were the backing vocalists for the St. Louis singer Art Lassiter. They provided the chorus sound to Ike And Tina Turners first hit, A Fool In Love. On the first recordings of the Ikettes in 1962, the group consisted of Delores Johnson (lead), Eloise Hester and Joshie Jo Armstead (Josephine Armstead, 8 October 1944, Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA). They recorded the hit Im Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) (number 3 R&B, number 19 pop) for Atco Records in 1962. The best-known group of Ikettes were Vanetta Fields, Robbie Montgomery and Jessie Smith, a line-up formed in the St. Louis area around 1963. They recorded for the Modern Records label, including the hits Peaches N Cream (number 28 R&B, number 36 pop) and Im So Thankful (number 12 R&B, number 74 pop), both in 1965. This group left Turner in 1968 and enjoyed a big hit as the Mirettes in 1968 with a remake of the Wilson Pickett hit, In The Midnight Hour (number 18 R&B, number 45 pop). Later line-ups of Ikettes included several singers who developed careers of their own, notably P.P. Arnold, Claudia Lennear and Bonnie Bramlett (who formed the duo Delaney And Bonnie).
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.