Big Joe Turner

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Birthday
18, 1911
Birthplace
Kansas City, MO
Death Date
Nov 24, 1985 (74)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
18, 1911
Birthplace
Kansas City, MO
Death Date
Nov 24, 1985 (74)

About

Big-voiced blues and rock 'n' roll singer who rose to fame through 1950s hits such as "Shake, Rattle and Roll." He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Before Fame

He worked as a singing bartender in Kansas City at the start of his career.

Trivia

His powerful voice and large frame earned him the nicknames Big Joe Turner and The Boss of the Blues.

Family Life

He was born Joseph Vernon Turner, Jr. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Associated With

He and pianist Pete Johnson performed together in several Kansas City nightclubs and later took their musical act to New York City.