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Big Joe Turner

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: May 18, 1911 | Died: November 24, 1985    

Big Joe Turner

“The Boss of the Blues”

Providing an essential link between the blues and rock 'n' roll, Big Joe Turner is best remembered for his classic 1954 hit “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” one of the pioneering songs of rock 'n' roll. Although Turner enjoyed his greatest recorded success with Atlantic Records between 1951 and 1956, rock 'n' roll was actually his second (or third) successful musical career.

He started out as an important member of the burgeoning Kansas City jazz scene and helped popularize boogie woogie in the late '30s with pianist Pete Johnson. He also pursued an influential career as one of the most potent blues shouters of the '40s. He was one of the few jazz and blues singers of his generation to become popular with the teenage rock 'n' roll audience. After spending the '60s in relative obscurity, Big Joe Turner returned to jazz and blues, singing on the Pablo label with the likes of Count Basie and Jimmy Witherspoon....
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  • Portrait

    Screwgun Records
    2002
  • Flip, Flop And Fly

    Screwgun Records
    1989
  • Patcha, Patcha, All Night Long

    Screwgun Records
    1985
  • Kansas City Here I Come

    Screwgun Records
    1984
  • Midnight Special

    Screwgun Records
    1980
  • Early Big Joe (1940-1944)

    Screwgun Records
    1980
  • Los Grandes Del Jazz 17

    Bourbon Records
    1980
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