January 7th | Posted by: NMJ
In the days before microphones, singing in front of a band was a job for a powerful voice – a voice powerful enough to be heard over the top of the guitars, pianos, brass and drums. Even after microphones became commonplace in the 1930s, weak amplification often meant that performing live with a band demanded an abnormally strong voice. And the owners of these rare and precious assets were known as Blues Shouters.
Big Joe Turner was the leading Blues Shouter of his day. With a voice that could shake the foundations of most of the venues he appeared in and a physique to match, he remained the undisputed King of the Shouters from the late 30s until well into the 50s.