Big Joe Turner

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Big Joe Turner - Rock and Roll Revue, Apollo Theater (1955)

Big Joe Turner (born May 18, 1911 in Kansas City , Missouri , † November 24, 1985 in Inglewood , California ; actually Joseph Vernon Turner ) was an American boogie-woogie , blues and rock 'n' roll -Singer.

Live and act

Already at the age of fourteen he influenced the local jazz scene in his birthplace with his singing. In the mid-30s he met the American boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson , with whom he appeared together from then on. In 1936 he came to New York for the first time , where he met Count Basie .

Joe Turner - Watch that jive

On December 23, 1938, he and Johnson wrote his first songs in a swing concert at Carnegie Hall , namely Low Down Dog and It's All Right, Baby . He was sponsored by John Hammond that year . On December 30, 1938, he and Pete Johnson recorded his composition Roll 'Em Pete (Vocalion # 4607), followed by Cherry Red on June 30, 1939 . He then performed with various jazz greats such as Benny Goodman , Duke Ellington and Art Tatum . In 1945 he signed a recording deal with National Records, where it was produced by Herb Abramson . In 1951 Ahmet Ertegün became aware of him through Abramson and signed him for Atlantic Records . As a result, the single Chains of Love was created , which reached a high position in the rhythm and blues charts and was later covered by Pat Boone . In the 1950s he had several major and minor single hits, including Shake, Rattle and Roll , Flip, Flop & Fly and Corrine, Corrina , and played with Elmore James (TV Mama) and King Curtis , among others . Overall, the successes were limited, but they were enough to make a living.

Turner toured most of the 1960s and 1970s. He recorded with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge and also played with Axel Zwingenberger , with whom he recorded two highly successful albums. However, heart failure and diabetes made life difficult for him. His last recordings were made with Jimmy Witherspoon .

Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle And Roll

In 1983 Big Joe was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame .

Big Joe Turner died of kidney failure in California on November 24, 1985 . Two years later he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame .

Two of his most famous songs were:

  • Honey Hush (1953) - Piano on the original recording: Fats Domino
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll (1954), inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001.



year Title (A-side, B-side)
Both sides are from the same album, excluding the marked ones
Chart position album
US pop US
1941 "Piney Brown Blues"
B-side "627 Stomp", by Pete Johnson's band
- - No album
"Doggin 'the Dog"
b / w "Rainy Day Blues"
- -
"Somebody's Got to Do"
b / w "Ice Man"
- -
"Careless Love"
b / w "Jumpin 'Down the Blues" (no album song)
- - Joe Turner and Pete Johnson
1942 "Sun Risin 'Blues"
b / w "Blues on Central Avenue"
- - No album
1944 "Little Bittie Gal's Blues"
b / w "I Got a Gal for Every Day in the Week"
Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson Trio
- -
1945 "Watch That Jive"
b / w "Johnson and Turner Blues"
Joe Turner with Pete Johnson's All-Stars
- - Joe Turner and Pete Johnson
"It's the Same Old Story"
b / w "Rebecca"
- - No album
"SK Blues", Part 1
b / w Part 2
Joe Turner with Pete Johnson's All-Stars
- 3 Joe Turner and Pete Johnson
1946 "Mad Blues"
b / w "Sunday Morning Blues"
Joe Turner with Bill Moore's Lucky Seven
- - Careless love
"My Gal's a Jockey"
b / w "I Got Love for Sale" (from Careless Love )
- 6th Have No Fear Big Joe Turner Is Here
1948 "Tell Me Pretty Baby"
b / w "Christmas Date Boogie"
- - Jumpin 'the blues
"Mardi Gras Boogie"
b / w "My Heart Belongs to You"
- - No album
"Morning Glory"
b / w "Low Down Dog"
- - The Boss of the Blues Sings Kansas City Jazz
1949 "Blues on Central Avenue"
b / w "Sun Risin 'Blues"
- - No album
"I Don't Dig It"
b / w "Rainy Weather Blues"
- -
1950 "Love My Baby"
b / w "Lucille"
- -
"Still in the Dark"
b / w "Adam Bit the Apple" (no album)
- 9 And The Blues'll Make You Happy Too
"You'll Be Sorry"
b / w "Feelin 'Happy"
- - No album
"I Want My Baby"
b / w "Midnight Is Here Again"
- -
"Jumpin 'at the Jubilee"
b / w "Lonely World"
- -
"Just a Travellin 'Man"
b / w "Life Is Like a Card Game"
- -
"Back-Breaking Blues"
b / w "Empty Pocket Blues"
- -
1951 " Chains of Love "
b / w "After My Laughter Came Tears" (by Big Joe Is Here )
- 2 Rock and roll
"Christmas Date"
b / w "Howd'ya Want Your Rollin 'Done" (No Album)
- - Jumpin 'the blues
"Life Is a Card Game"
b / w "When the Rooster Crows"
- - No album
"The Chill Is On"
b / w "Bump Miss Susie"
- 3 Big Joe Is Here
1952 "Sweet Sixteen"
b / w "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (from Big Joe Is Here )
- 3 Rock and roll
"Don't You Cry"
b / w "Poor Lover's Blues"
- 5 Big Joe Is Here
"Still In Love"
b / w "Baby, I Still Want You" (from Big Joe Is Here )
- - Rockin 'the blues
1953 "Blues Jumed the Rabbit"
b / w "The Sun Is Shining"
- - No album
" Honey Hush " (later retitled "Yakity-Yak")
b / w "Crawdad Hole"
- 1 Rock and roll
1954 "TV Mama"
b / w "Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop" (from Rock & Roll )
- 6th Rockin 'the blues
" Shake, Rattle and Roll "
b / w "You Know I Love You" (from Rockin 'the Blues )
- 1 Rock and roll
"Well All Right"
b / w "Married Woman" (from Big Joe Is Here )
- 9
1955 " Flip Flop and Fly "
b / w "Ti-Ri-Lee" (from Big Joe Is Here )
- 2
"Hide and Seek"
b / w "Midnight Cannonball" (from Big Joe Is Here )
- 3
1956 "The Chicken and the Hawk" / - 7th
"Morning, Noon and Night" - 8th Rockin 'the blues
" Corrine, Corrina " (original version)
b / w "It's the Same Old Story"
- - No album
" Corrine, Corrina " (rerecorded version)
b / w "Boogie Woogie Country Girl"
41 2 Rock and roll
"Lipstick, Powder and Paint" / - 8th Rockin 'the blues
"Rock a While" - 12 Big Joe Is Here
" Midnight Special Train "
b / w "Feeling Happy"
- - Rock and roll
1957 "After a While"
b / w "Red Sails in the Sunset"
- - Rockin 'the blues
"Love Roller Coaster"
b / w "World of Trouble"
- 12
"Trouble in Mind"
b / w "I Need a Girl"
- -
"Teen Age Letter"
b / w "Wee Baby Blues" (from The Boss of the Blues Sings Kansas City Jazz )
- -
1958 "Jump for Joy"
b / w "Blues in the Night"
- 15th
1959 "Got You on My Mind"
b / w "Love Oh Careless Love"
- - Rhythm & Blues Years
1960 "Honey Hush" (Re-recording)
b / w "Tomorrow Night"
53 -
"Chains of Love"
b / w "My Little Honey Dripper"
- -
"My Reason for Living"
b / w "Sweet Sue"
- -
1964 "I'm Packin 'Up"
b / w "I Walk a Lonely Mile"
- - No album song
"Shake Rattle and Roll" (rerecording)
b / w "There'll Be Some Tears Falling"
- -
1967 "Big Wheel"
b / w "Bluer Than Blue"
- - Singing the blues
1968 "I've Been Up on the Mountain"
b / w "I Love You Baby" (non-album track)
- - Boss Man of the Blues
1969 "Shake Rattle and Roll" (second rerecording)
b / w "Two Loves Have I"
- - The Real Boss of the Blues
"Love Ain't Nothin '"
b / w "10-20-25-30"
- - No album song
"Night Time Is the Right Time"
b / w "Morning Glory"
- - Big Joe Turner Turns On the Blues
1973 "One Hour in Your Garden"
b / w "You've Been Squeezin 'My Lemons"
- - Still Boss of the Blues

Studio albums (selection)

year title
1956 The Boss of the Blues
1958 Joe Turner
1958 Rockin 'the blues
1959 Big Joe is Here
1960 Big Joe Rides Again
1967 Singing the blues
1971 Texas style
1974 Life ain't easy
1976 The Midnight Special
1977 Things That I Used to Do
1977 In the evening
1984 Kansas City Here I Come

Working together

year title With
1973 The Bosses Count Basie
1974 The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner Dizzy Gillespie , Roy Eldridge , Harry "Sweets" Edison and Clark Terry
1975 Everyday I Have the Blues Pee Wee Crayton and Sonny Stitt
1980 Kansas City Shout Count Basie
1982 Nobody in Mind Milt Jackson and Roy Eldridge
1983 Blues Train Roomful of Blues
2011 Shake, Rattle & Blues Mike Bloomfield


year title notes
1941 Boogie Woogie Columbia
1957 Rock and roll
1965 Sings the Blues Vol. 2 Realm jazz
1978 Have No Fear, Joe Turner is Here
2005 Shout, rattle and roll Proper records (boxed set)

Individual evidence

  1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Big Joe Turner in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn: Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 . Record Research, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 2003, ISBN 0-89820-155-1 , p. 726.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn : Top R & B / Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995 . Record Research, 1996, p. 453.
  4. Big Joe Turner at Allmusic (English)
  5. Big Joe Turner, Michael Bloomfield, Shake, Rattle & Blues at Allmusic (English)
  6. Joe Turner * - Sings The Blues Vol. 2 . Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Adam Komorowski: Shout, Rattle and Roll. Liner Notes. CD Properbox 89. Proper Records, London 2005, pp. 1-48
  8. Big Joe Turner at Discogs (English)

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