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Big Joe Turner


Big-voiced blues and rock ‘n’ roll singer who increased to fame through 1950s strikes such as for example “Shake, Rattle and Move.” He was inducted in to the Rock and roll & Move Hall of Popularity in 1987. He proved helpful as a performing bartender in Kansas Town in the beginning of his profession. His powerful tone of voice and large body gained him the nicknames Big Joe Turner as well as the Boss from the Blues. He was created Joseph Vernon Turner, Jr. in Kansas Town, Missouri. He and pianist Pete Johnson performed jointly in a number of Kansas Town nightclubs and afterwards got their musical work to NEW YORK.

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Full Name Big Joe Turner
Date Of Birth May 18, 1911
Died November 24, 1985, Inglewood, California, United States
Place Of Birth Kansas City, MO
Profession Rock Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Patricia Turner
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Movies Shake, Rattle & Rock!, The American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966
Star Sign Taurus

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WPC 562013-2015TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Vegas2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
L.A. Noire2011Video Game as Harris Joe Turner, "Battle of the Blues, Part 1" / performer: "Battle of the Blues, Part 1"
The Express2008performer: "Shake, Rattle And Roll"
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 12007Video performer: "Okee Shamokee Pop"
Lackawanna Blues2005TV Movie performer: "Boogie Woogie Country Girl"
The BluesTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Singing Detective2003performer: "Flip Flop And Fly"
Elvis Presley: His Early Performances2002Video documentary writer: "Flip, Flop and Fly"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Shake, Rattle And Roll", "Lipstick, Powder And Paint" - as Joe Turner
Paul McCartney: Live at the Cavern Club1999TV Special writer: "Honey Hush" - as Joe Turner, uncredited
Liberty Heights1999performer: "Shake Rattle and Roll"
The Rainmaker1997performer: "Woman You Must Be Crazy"
Corrina, Corrina1994performer: "CORRINE, CORRINA"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993Documentary performer: "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
Malcolm X1992performer: "Roll Em Pete" / writer: "Roll Em Pete" - as Joe Turner
Uncle Buck1989performer: "LIPSTICK, POWDER AND PAINT" - as Joe Turner
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989performer: "The Chill Is On" / writer: "The Chill Is On"
Short Circuit 21988performer: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" - uncredited
The Big Town1987performer: "SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL"
Blues for Central Avenue1986Documentary writer: "Roll Em Pete"
This Is Elvis1981as Lou Willie Turner, "Flip, Flop, Fly"
All Night Long1981writer: "Honey Hush"
The Buddy Holly Story1978performer: "Corrine, Corrina"
Rum Runners1971lyrics: "Mac Allister's Wedding Song" / performer: "Mac Allister's Wedding Song"
Shake, Rattle & Rock!1956performer: "Feelin' Happy", "Lipstick, Powder & Paint", "Choker, The", "Rock, Rock, Rock"
Stage Show1956TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rhythm and Blues Revue1955Documentary performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll"
Rock 'n' Roll Revue1955Short performer: "Okimoshebop"
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV Series performer - 2 episodes



Roots1977TV Mini-SeriesThe Singer
Swingtime Jamboree1946



Gunsmoke Blues2004Video documentary
Arena1985TV Series documentaryHimself
The Last of the Blue Devils1979DocumentaryHimself
Nothing But the Blues: Blues Scene1967TV MovieHimself
Nothing But the Blues1966TV MovieHimself
Shake, Rattle & Rock!1956Himself - Singer
Rhythm and Blues Revue1955DocumentaryHimself (as Joe Turner)
Rock 'n' Roll Revue1955ShortHimself
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer

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The Atlantic Records Story1994TV SpecialHimself
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993DocumentaryHimself - Performer
Rock and Roll: The Early Days1984Video documentaryHimself
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 12007VideoHimself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown2002DocumentaryHimself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself

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