Dynamite! (Ike & Tina Turner album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1962[1]
ProducerIke Turner, Juggy Murray
Ike & Tina Turner chronology
The Soul of Ike & Tina Turner
Don't Play Me Cheap
Singles from Dynamite!
  1. "It's Gonna Work Out Fine"
    Released: June 1961
  2. "Poor Fool"
    Released: November 1961
  3. "Tra La La La La"
    Released: Mar 1962
  4. "You Should'a Treated Me Right"
    Released: June 1962
Professional ratings
Review scores

Dynamite! is the second studio album released by Ike & Tina Turner on the Sue Records label in 1962.[3] The album contains their first Grammy nominated song and their second million-selling hit "It's Gonna Work Out Fine."[4]

Recording and release[edit]

In the midst of their busy touring schedule on the Chitlin' Circuit and in between club residencies in their home base of St. Louis, Ike and Tina recorded new material. Several of the songs were culled from those 1961 and 1962 sessions. The album as features previously released hits from their debut album, The Soul of Ike & Tina Turner, such as "A Fool In Love" and "I Idolize You." Unlike earlier pressings, the track "Letter From Tina" is heard in its entirety on this album. Ike and Tina recorded a duet, the pop-soul ballad "Won't You Forgive Me." R&B duo Mickey & Sylvia contributed to the record "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" on guitar and vocal.[5]

Dynamite! was released on Sue Records in May 1962.[1] The album cover features Ike looking towards Tina who is posing with a mink coat posing in a suggestive way that was started to build within her stage act.

Several singles from the album were successful including the Grammy-nominated, "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot R&B Sides and became their third song to reach the pop chart, reaching No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6][7] The follow-up singles all charted on the Billboard Hot 100: "Poor Fool" (Pop No. 38, R&B No. 4), "Tra La La La La" (Pop No. 50, R&B No. 9), and "You Should'a Treated Me Right" (Pop No. 89).[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Chick Ober wrote for the Tampa Bay Times (May 18, 1962): "Ike & Tina Turner drift effectively from a quiet relaxed mood to one charged with driving excitement in this varied program. Highlights: You Should'a Treated Me Right, Sleepless, I Dig You, A Fool in Love.""[9]


In 1994, the album was reissued on CD on Collectables Records. It was also included in the double CD compilation The Soul of Ike & Tina / Dynamite! released on Stateside Records in 2004. In 2014, Rumble Records released the album in its original format on vinyl.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ike Turner, except where indicated.

Side A
1."You Should'a Treated Me Right" 3:40
2."It's Gonna Work Out Fine"Rose Marie McCoy (uncredited), Joe Seneca, James Lee3:03
3."A Fool in Love" 2:52
4."Poor Fool" 2:33
5."I Idolize You" 2:51
6."Tra La La La La" 2:40
Side B
1."Sleepless" 2:50
2."I'm Jealous"Ike Turner, Jane Bussong2:15
3."Won't You Forgive Me" 2:42
4."The Way You Love Me" 1:52
5."I Dig You"Joe Seneca, Maynor Steward2:22
6."Letter From Tina" 2:34


  1. ^ a b "Bang! That's Noise of Sue's "Dynamite"" (PDF). The Music Reporter: 8. May 26, 1962.
  2. ^ "Dynamite! - Ike & Tina Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Sue Records Presents A New Picture". Billboard Music Week: 37. May 26, 1962.
  4. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner". Recording Academy Grammy Awards.
  5. ^ Gulla, Bob (2007). Icons of R & B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of the Artists who Revolutionized Rhythm. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313340444.
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard. September 18, 1961.
  7. ^ "Billboard Hot R&B Sides" (PDF). Billboard. September 25, 1961.
  8. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF, US & UK hits charts.
  9. ^ Ober, Chick (May 18, 1962). "Cole Sings, Shearing Plays On Stereo Disc". Tampa Bay Times. pp. 9-D.
  10. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner - Dynamite!". Discogs.