1950 HOT CHART which ranked radio and jukebox play, listed the top song as Pink Champagne by Joe Liggins who also had the top song in 1945, Honeydripper. Every man wanted to be a honeydripper.
Released in 1954...This next song was written by songwriting giant Jesse Stone who also penned The Drifter’s first release, “Money Honey”. It went #1 R&B and although it didn’t make it big on Pop...it did create a legend. The honkin sax backin Big Joe’s Turner’s voice is Sam the Man Taylor...who ironically backed Clyde Mcphatter on “Money Honey”.
Bill Haley’s cover 4 months later became a Cat-5 monster hit and gave Big Joe Turner great crossover press. The 1919 song with the same name was about shooting dice... But Big Joe’s version was all about passion and sex. Big Joe Turner and Bill Haley later became close friends and even toured together in Australia in 1957. One of the all-time most influential songs ever created… SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL by BIG JOE TURNER.