Sunday, December 02, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Big Joe Turner
Artist:Big Joe Turner
Song:Flip, Flop & Fly
Album:Joe Turner/Rockin' The Blues
R & B shouter Big Joe Turner was one of the pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll. He was born May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, MO. The key event in his early career was getting together with boogie piano master Pete Johnson. They worked together for 13 years until Turner moved to Los Angeles in 1945. It was there that he first met producer Herb Abramson. Turner recorded for a lot of small labels but wasn't doing that well until Abramson & Ahmet Ertegun caught Turner filling in for Jimmy Rushing in the Count Basie band at the Apollo. They signed Turner to Atlantic Records and he had a string of hits in the mid 50s including the classic Flip, Flop & Fly. This twofer from Collectibles consists of two of his Atlantic albums from 1957-58. Turner left Atlantic in 1959. His career faded but was revived when Norman Granz signed him to his Pablo label in the 70s. Turner continued to tour until his death on Nov. 24, 1985 at age 74. Big Joe Turner was known as the Boss Of The Blues and was an important figure in the development of pop music. Here's Big Joe Turner performing Shake, Rattle & Roll in the 1955 film Rhythm & Blues Revue.