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26th June
written by Matt The Cat
Boss Of The Blues


This week Harlem takes a look at one of R&B; and Rock n’ Roll’s biggest single influences. Joe Turner came up from the pre-war boogie woogie underground and became a post-war blues shoutin’ success. The late 1940s were very good to Joe, but it was the 1950s that would prove to be his career highlight. Even though he was already in his 40s, Big Joe’s music became an early proponent of rock n’ roll. This Harlem show is accented through interviews with music historian Billy Vera and the late Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records. Find out why Big Joe Turner is the true “Boss Of The Blues”, this week on Harlem.

Harlem Airs on the 50s on 5:

Monday at 1pm ET

Tuesday at 9pm PT – Midnight ET

Friday at 6pm ET

Sunday at 11am ET


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