Big Joe Turner "Honey Hush" (1954)


Big Joe Turner’s name is now somewhat obscure in the annals of American music, but chances are you know his songs. He was a terrific blues shouter and had an enormous influence on the development of rock’n’roll. Turner had a long career but experienced an especially meteoric rise in the Fifties, hitting with “Shake, Rattle and Roll” in 1954 which Bill Haley cleaned up and turned into a smash hit and Elvis re-dirtied up and recorded in 1956, and this million seller “Honey Hush” (recorded in 1953 but charting in 1954). Turner also charted with million sellers, “Chains of Love”, “Corrine, Corrina” and “Flip Flop and Fly”.

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