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Big Joe Turner

Born: 
05/18/1911
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Died: 
11/24/1985
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Years Active: 
1920's-1980's
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Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr.) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. Known variously as The Boss of the Blues and Big Joe Turner (due to his 6'2", 300+ lbs stature), he came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly "Shake, Rattle and Roll". According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him."

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Big Joe Turner 02/10/1952 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
Big Joe Turner 09/04/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 09/05/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 09/06/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 09/07/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 09/08/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 09/09/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 09/10/1953 New Era Club Nashville Tennessee USA
Floyd Dixon / Big Joe Turner 10/11/1953 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
Top 10 Stars of '55 09/27/1955 Chattanooga Memorial Auditorium Chattanooga Tennessee USA
Big Joe Turner 11/24/1955 Muncie Armory Muncie Indiana USA
Big Joe Turner 09/15/1956 Trianon Ballroom Indianapolis Indiana USA
Top Ten Review of '56 10/27/1956 Manufacturers Building Indianapolis Indiana USA
Big Joe Turner 12/01/1956 Green Lantern Anderson Indiana USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 05/30/1957 Sparrow's Beach Annapolis Maryland USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 05/31/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 06/01/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 06/02/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 06/03/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 06/04/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 06/05/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Big Joe Turner / Bo Diddley 06/06/1957 Howard Theatre Washington District of Columbia USA
Fantabulous Rock 'n Roll Show of '57 11/14/1957 Tomlinson Hall Indianapolis Indiana USA
American Blues Festival 09/28/1966 Royal Albert Hall London South Kensington England
American Blues Festival 09/29/1966 Free Trade Hall Manchester Greater Manchester England

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