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Big Joe Turner


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Birth Name: Joseph Vernon Turner Jr
Born: 1911/05/18
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: 1985/11/24
Years Active: 1920s – 1980s
Genres: Jump Blues, Rock And Roll, Swing Music

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

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