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|
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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