10" 78-rpm recording of "Piney Brown Blues", a blues song by Joe Turner and Pete Johnson, performed by Joe Turner and his Fly Cats. Members include Oran "Hot Lips" Page, trumpet; Pete Johnson, piano; John Collins, guitar; Abe Bolar, bass; A. G. Godley, drums. Matrix number: 68333A; Catalog number: 18121 B.
Joe Turner had a tremendous voice and a talent for improvising lyrics. He was called the "Boss of the Blues," and during the 1930s—Kansas City's musical heyday—"Big Joe" Turner was the greatest blues singer in town.