Big Joe Turner: Cherry Red


Cherry Red


Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys


Big Joe Turner: All the Classic Hits 1938-52 (JSP 7709)

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Pete Johnson (piano), Big Joe Turner (vocals), Hot Lips Page (trumpet), Buster Smith (alto sax),

Lawrence “Larry” Lucie (guitar), Abe Bolar (bass), Eddie Dougherty (drums)


Composed by Pete Johnson & Big Joe Turner


Recorded: New York, June 30, 1939


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

"You can take me, baby, put me in your big brass bed," proposes Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner. "You can rock me, baby, till my face turns cherry red." During a stint at Manhattan's facetiously named Café Society, Big Joe and pal Pete Johnson recorded this timeless testimonial to cardiac arrest. Set to a boogie-woogie shuffle beat, Buster Smith's creamy alto and Hot Lips Page's growling plunger encourage Joe's lascivious mortality. "Her husband died trying to satisfy her prodigious sexual desires," a gossip informs Woody Allen in Love and Death (1975). "No kidding!" says Woody. "Died smiling, I bet."

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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