Personalities | Big Joe Turner | Roots of Rock

(Vocals, 1911–85)

Big Joe Turner’s tenure as ‘Boss of the Blues’ is dominated by one song, ‘Shake, Rattle And Roll’, which became an early rock’n’roll anthem as recorded by white artists Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. But Turner’s long career and legacy of R&B hits includes boogies like ‘Roll ‘Em Pete’, the seminal blues of ‘Cherry Red’, and rollicking ribald romps like ‘My Gal’s A Jockey’ and ‘Battle Of The Blues’ a duet with Wynonie Harris.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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