Blues singer Big Joe Turner
birth name: Joseph Vernon Turner

Big Joe Turner

May 18, 1911, Kansas City, MO ~ November 24, 1985, Inglewood, CA

The premier blues shouter of the postwar era, Big Joe Turner's roar could rattle the very foundation of any gin joint he sang within - and that's without a microphone. Turner was a resilient figure in the history of blues - he effortlessly spanned boogie-woogie, jump blues, even the first wave of rock & roll, enjoying great success in each genre. ~ Allmusic: Big Joe Turner ~ retrieved November 19, 2013 © Allmusic

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Big Joe Turner ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ “Rock and roll would have never happened without him,” opined legendary songwriter Doc Pomus. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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