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Joe Turner

Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him." His greatest fame was due to his rock-and-roll recordings in the 1950s, particularly "Shake, Rattle and Roll", but his career as a performer endured from the 1920s into the 1980s.

Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, with the Hall lauding him as "the brawny voiced 'Boss of the Blues'".

Birth and Death Data: Born May 18th, 1911 (Kansas City), Died November 24th, 1985 (Inglewood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1964

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Notes: Known as Big Joe Turner.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 68333 10-in. 11/11/1940 Piney Brown blues Pete Johnson's Band ; Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 68394 10-in. 11/26/1940 Doggin' the dog Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 68395 10-in. 11/26/1940 Careless love Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 68396 10-in. 11/26/1940 Jumpin' down blues Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 68397 10-in. 11/26/1940 Rainy day blues Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 68605 10-in. 1/21/1941 Wee baby blues Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 68607 10-in. 1/21/1941 Last goodbye blues Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 68608 10-in. 1/21/1941 Battery bounce Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 69356 10-in. 6/13/1941 Lucille Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 69357 10-in. 6/13/1941 Rock me Mama Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 69358 10-in. 6/13/1941 Corrine, Corrina Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 69359 10-in. 6/13/1941 Lonesome graveyard blues Art Tatum and his Band vocalist  
Decca 69523 10-in. 7/17/1941 Nobody in mind Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 69524 10-in. 7/17/1941 Somebody's got to go Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 69525 10-in. 7/17/1941 Ice man Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 69526 10-in. 7/17/1941 Chewed up grass Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 114499 2/6/1964 I stand accused Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 114500 2/6/1964 I walk a lonely mile Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 114757 4/6/1964 I'm packing up Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 114758 4/6/1964 Shake, rattle and roll Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca 114759 4/6/1964 There'll be some tears falling Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca DLA 2738 10-in. 9/8/1941 Rocks in my bed Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca DLA 2739 10-in. 9/8/1941 Blues on Central Avenue Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca DLA 2740 10-in. 9/8/1941 Goin' to Chicago Joe Turner vocalist  
Decca DLA 2741 10-in. 9/8/1941 Sun risin' blues Joe Turner vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Turner, Joe," accessed April 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210342.

Turner, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210342.

"Turner, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210342

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