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Big Joe Turner (Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., Kansas City, Missouri, May 18, 1911 – Inglewood, California, November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter.

Although he came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly “Shake, Rattle And Roll”, Turner’s career as a performer stretched from the 1920s into the 1980s.
(for stride pianist Joseph H. Turner (3.11.07-21.7.90) > Joe Turner)

Known variously as The Boss of the Blues, and Big Joe Turner (due to his 6’2”, 300+ lbs stature), Turner was born in Kansas City and first discovered his love of music through involvement in the church. Turner’s father was killed in a train accident when Joe was only four years old. He began singing on street corners for money, leaving school at age fourteen to begin working in Kansas City’s club scene, first as a cook, and later as a singing bartender. He eventually became known as The Singing Barman, and worked in such venues as The Kingfish Club and The Sunset, where he and his piano playing partner Pete Johnson became resident performers. The Sunset was managed by Piney Brown. It featured “separate but equal” facilities for white patrons. Turner wrote “Piney Brown Blues” in his honor and sang it throughout his entire career.

At that time Kansas City was a wide-open town run by “Boss” Tom Pendergast. Despite this, the clubs were subject to frequent raids by the police, but as Turner recounts, “The Boss man would have his bondsmen down at the police station before we got there.


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    ну, вообще к отцам рок-н-ролла я б его не причислял - он просто забавный ниггер, не более.

    19 Jul 11:29am Reply
  • Parisblues

    you can continue to confuse or mix tracks with images or vice versa I do not care because the facts are present that you can not continue to simply deny.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    Joe Turner, Big Joe Turner, with our without 'His Blues Kings'. maybe merge would be better.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • headey

    There might be some BJT tracks wrongly on the Joe Turner page....... Take a look here and consider using the "Suggest a correction" link to get them corrected.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LosJosephinos

    shake, rattle n roll!

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Skog-1

    Cool, cool!

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • Parisblues

    what's about "them their eyes" ?

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Parisblues

    "regane boogie " is definitively from Joe without big before the name. so why does the title is still attribute to this one ?

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • zwurbelkurbel


    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Chiaroscurist


    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • bigk83

    Shout for Big Joe from KC!

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • polymetrojim

    Joseph Vernon Turner Jr, conocido como Big Joe Turner (Kansas City,18 de mayo de 1911 - Inglewood, 24 de noviembre de 1985) fue un cantante de blues y pionero del rock and roll estadounidense. Este tipo si que cantaba con el estomago

    13 Oct 2009 Reply

    Hey Parisblues Wrong Number! Go away ! nerd

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • midlifefanclub

    it is: Shake, Rattle and Roll

    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • hogefan

    Good shit Big Joe! The original is still the best.

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • brAIndamaged

    Oke-She-Moke-She-Bop Yeah!

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • rodriguealfahel

    shake to the music real good

    27 Jun 2007 Reply
  • lutek777

    damn i was on concert yesterday (memphis blues caravan) ... they burned hall alive ... smashed with that blues ... really great artist

    28 Apr 2007 Reply