Thursday, October 28, 2010
Forgotten Music: Big Joe Turner
Here's one of the real Daddies of Rock and Roll. Big Joe Turner was a 1930s bluesman who led the charge into R&B in the 40s and rolled out some of the first Rock recordings in the 50s. Among his big hits were "Honey Hush" in 1953, "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (prior to the cover version by Bill Haley & His Comets) in 1954 and "Flip, Flop and Fly" in 1955.
The sound quality in these YouTube videos is sometimes poor, but they should get you in the groove. His stuff sounds much better on CD. I like the very expensive 3-disc box set Big, Bad & Blue, but the 21-track Greatest Hits collection shown here is a fine substitute.
Jump for Joy
Flip, Flop and Fly
Shake, Rattle and Roll (1954)
Boogie Woogie Country Girl
Shake, Rattle and Roll (1966)
Jump over to Scott Parker's blog for more of the Forgotten Music in this week's virtual jukebox.