Turner, Joe

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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.

Portrait of Joe Turner

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.