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Big Joe Turner, San Francisco, 1977

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The musical godfather to every up and coming rock ’n’ roll group worldwide.

2-CD Collection  

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SET 1 (disc 1)

  1. The Night Time Is The Right Time
  2. Flip Flop and Fly
  3. Honey Hush (Hi Ho Silver)
  4. T.V. Mama
  5. Chains of Love
  6. Corrine, Corrina
  7. I Hear You Knocking
  8. How Long Blues
  9. Give Me An Hour In Your Garden
  10. Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo
  11. Early One Morning

SET 2 (disc 2)

  1. Everyday I Have The Blues
  2. Medley: I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Pencils / I Want My Baby To Write Me
  3. Ain’t Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog
  4. Stormy Monday Blues
  5. When The Sun Goes Down
  6. Morning, Noon and Night
  7. Hide And Go Seek
  8. Shake, Rattle and Roll
  9. The Things I Used To Do
  10. Chicken and The Hawk
  11. On My Way To Denver Blues
  12. Write Me A Letter

Nicknamed “Boss of the Blues” (a well-deserved accolade), “Big” Joe Turner’s musical appeal spread well beyond his Kansas City roots; he was also a highly regarded jazz singer, as well as a musical godfather to every up and coming rock ’n’ roll group worldwide.

In the 1930s Joe teamed up with fellow Kansan, pianist Pete Johnson to create some exciting blues and boogie-woogie. He was discovered in his native Kansas City by impresario and record producer extraordinaire John Hammond, who brought him to New York for a concert appearance at Carnegie Hall (and this was the 1930s) as well as a series of dates at some of New York’s most prestigious clubs. His first recordings for Decca included the classic, “Roll ‘Em Pete.”

Invited by Duke Ellington to appear in his 1941 revue entitled “Jump For Joy,” it opened the door to perform with legendary jazz musicians Art Tatum, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and others.

By the early 1950s Joe had signed with Atlantic Records where he ushered in the rock and roll era performing such classics as “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Morning, Noon and Night,” “T.V. Mama” (which featured brilliant guitar legend, Elmore James), “Chains of Love,” and “Honey Hush (Hi Ho Silver)” among others. His success continued well into the 1960s with “Corrine, Corrina,” “Sweet Sue” and a new version of “Chains of Love.” During this period of great success, Joe never lost site of the jazz and blues audience that had supported him. All of the LPs he recorded for Atlantic (such as the superb and re-issued “Boss of the Blues”) featured the world’s top jazz instrumentalists.