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Big Joe Turner


1911

Big Joe Turner is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

1938

Big Joe Turner’s appearance at the “Spirituals to Swing” concert at Carnegie Hall in New York becomes a career turning point.

1939

Joe Turner and Pete Johnson’s first single - “Roll ‘Em Pete” b/w “Goin’ Away Blues” - is released on Vocalion Records. The duo also begin a five-year residency at New York’s Café Society.

1946

“My Gal’s a Jockey,” credited to Joe Turner With Bill Moore’s Lucky Seven, becomes Turner’s first single to make Billboard‘s R&B chart.

1953

“Honey Hush,” by Joe Turner, enters the charts. A reported million-seller, the song will top the R&B charts for eight weeks.

1954

“Shake, Rattle and Roll,” credited to Joe Turner and His Blues Kings, enters the singles charts, where it will peak at #1 R&B and #2 pop.

1955

“Flip Flop and Fly,” another seminal side of rocking rhythm & blues from Big Joe Turner, enters the charts, where it will peak at #2.

1956

Big Joe Turner’s lively rendition of “Corrine Corinna” enters the charts, where it will peak at #2.

1957

Big Joe Turner appears in the film Shake, Rattle and Rock.

1958

“(I’m Gonna) Jump for Joy,” the twentieth and last of Big Joe Turner’s incredible run of hits, enters the R&B charts.

1967

Pianist Pete Johnson, Big Joe Turner’s longtime partner and accompanist, dies after a long period of declining health that began with a stroke.

1983

Blues Train, which pairs Big Joe Turner with Roomful of Blues, is released on Mute Records.

1985

Big Joe Turner dies of kidney failure in Inglewood, California.

1987

Big Joe Turner is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 2nd annual induction dinner. Doc Pomus is his presenter.

1994

Rhino Records releases Big, Bad & Blue

Big Joe Turner