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BIG JOE TURNER - "Shake Rattle and Roll"

For those of you already familiar with the music of Big Joe Turner, this silver coaster will save the wear and tear on those old 78's. But if you’re just starting to delve into the roots of rock'n'roll, this is a great place to start, and it retails for just $5.98, so you can't beat the price.

Between 1945 band 1956 alone, Joe Turner scored 17 top ten hits on the R&B charts. The ten tracks featured here include his first big #1 hit "Honey Hush" from 1953, "Corrine, Corrina" and the rock-a-billy classic "Flip, Flop and Fly". Not to mention his original version of the title track, that Bill Haley was to later take into the top ten.

Whether you're a Swinger or a Greaser this disk will fit just as well between your Louis Jordan and Treniers collections as it would between your Bill Haley and Gene Vincent records. Without pioneers like Big Joe Turner, rock and roll would never have been born.

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