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Joe Turner - Honey Hush

Joe Turner - Honey Hush

From 1953, here's a giant of post-war jump blues. Big Joe Turner recorded Honey Hush in New Orleans with the help of a couple of local sax stars, Lee Allen and Alvin 'Red' Tyler. Their horn solos are joined by the bulbous sounding trombone of Pluma Davis, whose band backed them all on this recording. Three years later, in Nashville, the Johnny Burnette Trio released a version of Honey Hush, perhaps trying to emulate the success Bill Haley had with the cover of another Turner jumper, Shake, Rattle and Roll. It didn't do that, but it is through this later rockabilly version that I became familiar with the tune, which is surely some consolation. I'm very glad to have now also bagged the original, complete with its Atlantic company sleeve, and be able to bring it here to you.

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