Joe Lynn Turner
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|Joe Lynn Turner|
Turner performing in Sweden - 2010
|Birth name||Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito|
|Also known as||JLT|
August 2, 1951 |
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, neoclassical metal, progressive rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, accordion|
|Associated acts||Fandango, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Deep Purple, Mother's Army, Brazen Abbot, Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm, Walter Giardino|
Joe Lynn Turner (born Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito, August 2, 1951) is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock band Rainbow. During his career, Turner fronted pop rock band Fandango, had the short-lived collaboration for neoclassical metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple. From the mid 1990s, he worked with various musical groups (progressive rock band Mother's Army, funk rock duo Hughes Turner Project, AOR side project Sunstorm, etc.), while pursuing a solo career. He is currently the vocalist for Rated X, based on Mother's Army. Their album was released in 2014.
Turner was born to an Italian family. In high school, he formed the band Ezra, performing original material and cover songs. He played the accordion as a child, grew up with an appreciation for classic R&B and became an accomplished guitarist in his early teens. He was once influenced primarily by such artists as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Free. In 1976, Turner enjoyed his first taste of national success with Fandango, a band described as an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, country, jazz and melodic rock. He sang and played guitar on all of the band's four albums. Fandango toured with numerous artists including The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel.
After Fandango split, He received a phone call from British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. This resulted in an audition and Turner was immediately enlisted in Rainbow. The band, while popular in Europe and Japan, had not reached the same level of success in the US before Turner joined. With his contributions (largely considered more pop oriented), the group was catapulted to a new level of American success. Several tracks from albums with Turner reached the Top 20 on rock radio charts in the early- to mid-80's. "Stone Cold" became Rainbow's first Top 40 hit and the band's videos were played on heavy rotation on MTV. Turner recorded three studio albums with Rainbow: Difficult to Cure, Straight Between the Eyes, and Bent Out of Shape, which featured the single "Street of Dreams". Rainbow disbanded in 1984.
In 1985, after the break-up of Rainbow, Turner released a solo album, Rescue You, produced by Roy Thomas Baker, known for his work with Queen and The Cars. He co-wrote most of the songs with keyboardist Al Greenwood (Foreigner). The first single, "Endlessly," received extensive airplay on radio and MTV. Tours with Night Ranger and Pat Benatar and an acting role in the TV movie Blue Deville followed.
In 1988, he joined Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and recorded the album Odyssey. The brief tour that followed the release of the album included a concert in Leningrad which was recorded and then released as Trial by Fire (1989). In 1989 he left the band to join Deep Purple. Turner recorded just one album, Slaves & Masters (1990). The album peaked at No. 87 on the Billboard Charts, and a relatively successful tour followed in 1991, but Turner left the band in late 1992. He has also put out three albums for the progressive rock band Mother's Army, featuring Jeff Watson, Bob Daisley and Carmine Appice.
Turner has been working mainly on his prolific solo career since mid-1990 and has worked with the Finnish rock band Brazen Abbot, led by Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, and with Glenn Hughes under the Hughes Turner Project name. Turner also participated in Nikolo Kotzev's rock opera Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus. In 2005 Turner has performed on the Russian studio project Michael Men Project's album Made in Moscow, along with his colleague Glenn Hughes. In 2006, he took on the very musically successful studio project Sunstorm, with bassist Dennis Ward of German rock band Pink Cream 69. Turner was a guest in the Voices of Classic Rock shows. Turner also appeared as a headliner with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson on the Classic Rock Cares charity tour which was organized by longtime friend Steve Luongo, who was the drummer/producer of The John Entwistle Band. On the PBS show Between the Lions, he sang the song "Clobbered" in the episode "Giants and Cubs". He later sang the song "Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal" in the episode of the same name.
On August 4, 2006 Turner gave a special performance of Rainbow songs with the New Japan Philharmonic at the Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo, Japan. In 2008 he has formed Over the Rainbow, a tribute band composed of former Rainbow musicians, Paul Morris-Keyboardist/94-97, and Blackmore's son Jürgen on guitar.
In the summer 2012, he and the Legends Voice of Rock did a gig at the Golden Times Festival in Degerfors, Sweden.
March and April 2013 saw Turner Perform as a Special Guest Artist for the Las Vegas show "Raiding the Rock Vault" at the LVH Hotel and Casino.
Recently Turner has also been working with Norwegian bassist and composer Jan Holberg. The two first joined forces on Holberg's 2011 album Sense of Time which saw Turner performing a more funk-orientated repertoire, showcasing his vocal versatilty. The collaboration also resulted in Turner's appearance in a documentary film Street of Dreams which follows Holberg from Norway as he gets his first real chance of a major breakthrough on tour with his childhood hero Joe Lynn Turner. In 2013 Turner guested on The Jan Holberg Project's second album At Your Service giving emotional performance on power ballad Jealousy And Pride.
As Band Member
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