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Big Joe Turner (1911–1985)

Big Joe Turner was born on May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Joseph Vernon Turner. He was married to Patricia. He died on November 24, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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 2013-2015 WPC 56 (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Requiem (2015) ... (performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll" - uncredited)
- Cry, Cry, Cry (2014) ... (performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll" - uncredited)
- Nature of the Beast (2013) ... (performer: "Flip, Flop and Fly" - uncredited)
- Memories Are Made of This (2013) ... (performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll" - uncredited)
 2012 Vegas (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Money Plays (2012) ... (performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll")
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) (as Harris Joe Turner, "Battle of the Blues, Part 1") / (performer: "Battle of the Blues, Part 1")
 2008 The Express (performer: "Shake, Rattle And Roll")
 2007 Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1 (Video) (performer: "Okee Shamokee Pop")
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie) (performer: "Boogie Woogie Country Girl")
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Piano Blues (2003) ... (performer: ""piney Brown Blues") / (writer: ""piney Brown Blues" - as Joe Turner)
 2003 The Singing Detective (performer: "Flip Flop And Fly")
 2002 Elvis Presley: His Early Performances (Video documentary) (writer: "Flip, Flop and Fly")
 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Shake, Rattle And Roll", "Lipstick, Powder And Paint" - as Joe Turner)
 1999 Paul McCartney: Live at the Cavern Club (TV Special) (writer: "Honey Hush" - as Joe Turner, uncredited)
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "Shake Rattle and Roll")
 1997 The Rainmaker (performer: "Woman You Must Be Crazy")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "CORRINE, CORRINA")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Shake, Rattle & Roll")
 1992 Malcolm X (performer: "Roll Em Pete") / (writer: "Roll Em Pete" - as Joe Turner)
 1989 Uncle Buck (performer: "LIPSTICK, POWDER AND PAINT" - as Joe Turner)
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn (performer: "The Chill Is On") / (writer: "The Chill Is On")
 1988 Short Circuit 2 (performer: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" - uncredited)
 1987 The Big Town (performer: "SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL")
 1986 Blues for Central Avenue (Documentary) (writer: "Roll Em Pete")
 1981 This Is Elvis (as Lou Willie Turner, "Flip, Flop, Fly")
 1981 All Night Long (writer: "Honey Hush")
 1978 The Buddy Holly Story (performer: "Corrine, Corrina")
 1971 Rum Runners (lyrics: "Mac Allister's Wedding Song") / (performer: "Mac Allister's Wedding Song")
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock! (performer: "Feelin' Happy", "Lipstick, Powder & Paint", "Choker, The", "Rock, Rock, Rock")
 1956 Stage Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 28 January 1956 (1956) ... (writer: "Shake Rattle And Roll / Flip Flop And Fly")
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll")
 1955 Rock 'n' Roll Revue (Short) (performer: "Okimoshebop")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Variety Time ... (performer: "Oke-She-Moka-She-Pop")
- Stars Over Harlem ... (performer: "Shake, Rattle and Roll")
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Album for the Orfeon label in Mexico, backed by Bill Haley and the Comets. Also provided vocal intro on Haley's Latin American hit rendition of "Land of 1000 Dances" the same year. See more »

Alternate Names:

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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 800-801. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »


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