Ron’s Golden Oldies – Featuring – Big Joe Turner

On Ron’s Golden Oldies this week…

Ron is featuring pioneer Rock and Roll artist Big Joe Turner Jr on the program this Thursday

Streaming Live on  Northside Radio FM99.3 Sydney’s leading Community Radio Station.

“Rock and roll would have never happened without him.”

Joseph Vernon “Big Joe” Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American singer from Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, “Rock and roll would have never happened without him.” His greatest fame was due to his rock-and-roll recordings in the 1950s, particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, but his career as a performer endured from the 1920s into the 1980s. Turner had great success during 1954 with “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, which significantly boosted his career, turning him into a teenage favourite, and also helped to transform popular music.

The song “Corrine, Corrina” was another great seller during 1956. In addition to the rock music songs, he released Boss of the Blues album in 1956. “(I’m Gonna) Jump for Joy”, his last hit, reached the US R&B record chart on May 26, 1958.

He toured Australia in 1957 with Lee Gordon’s Big Show sharing the bill with Bill Haley and the Comets, LaVern Baker and Freddie Bell and the Bellboys. The biographical film The Buddy Holly Story refers to Turner and his contemporaries Little Richard and Fats Domino as major influences on Holly, who is portrayed
collecting their vinyl recordings. Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, with the Hall lauding him as “the brawny voiced ‘Boss of the Blues'”.

Turner died of heart failure on 24 November 1985, at the age of 74, in Inglewood, California

Ron will play many of Big Joe’s hits during the show, along with many more of the early pioneers. 

Tune in this Thursday, noon to 4pm right here on Northside Radio

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