Big Joe Turner
1920 to 1980
May 18, 1911 in Kansas City
November 24, 1985
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Big Joe Turner (Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., Kansas City, Missouri, May 18, 1911 - Inglewood, California, November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter. 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. (for stride pianist Joseph H. Turner (3.11.07-21.7.90) > Joe Turner) Known variously as The Boss of the Blues, and Big Joe Turner (due to his 6'2", 300+ lbs stature), Turner was born in Kansas City and first discovered his love of music through involvement in the church.