Joe Lynn Turner

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Joe Lynn Turner
Turner performing in Sweden, 2010
Turner performing in Sweden, 2010
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Arthur Mark Linquito
Also known asJLT
Born (1951-08-02) August 2, 1951 (age 72)
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHard rock, pop rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1969–present
LabelsElektra, Frontiers. Cleopatra

Joe Lynn Turner (born Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito, August 2, 1951) is an American singer known for his work in the hard rock bands Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.[1]

During his career, Turner fronted and played guitar with pop rock band Fandango in the late 1970s; and in the early 1980s, he became a member of Rainbow, fronting the band and writing songs with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and bassist Roger Glover. After Rainbow had disbanded in March 1984, he pursued a solo career, released one album, Rescue You, and sang backing vocals for Billy Joel, Cher, and Michael Bolton along with radio and television jingles. He also collaborated with songwriters Desmond Child and Jack Ponti. Turner had a short-lived association with neoclassical metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and then Deep Purple. From the mid-1990s, he resumed his solo career, releasing an additional nine studio and two live recordings. He continued to perform session work, and collaborated with the groups Mother's Army and Hughes Turner Project and Sunstorm, the latter of which released five albums with Turner. In 2016, Turner released The Sessions via Cleopatra Records.[2]


Early work[edit]

Turner playing in Ezra, c. 1972

Turner was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on August 2, 1951,[3] and became interested in music in the 1960s. Growing up in an Italian-American home, he was influenced by singers such as Frank Sinatra and Enrico Caruso.[4] In high school, he formed the band Ezra, performing original material and cover songs. He played the accordion as a child and learned the guitar in his early teens. He was once influenced primarily by such artists as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Free.[5]

In 1977, Turner joined the rock band Fandango, who signed with RCA Records.[6] Turner sang and played guitar on the band's four albums.[7] Fandango toured with numerous artists including The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel.


After Fandango split, he received a phone call from British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.[7] This resulted in an audition and Turner was immediately enlisted in Rainbow.[7] The band, while popular in Europe and Japan, had not reached the same level of success in the US.[7] Turner contributed a pop influence to the band, and Rainbow became successful in the US. Several tracks from albums with Turner reached the Top 20 on rock radio charts in the early to mid-1980s. "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 singles, "Street of Dreams[7] and "Can't Let You Go". Rainbow disbanded in 1984.[7]

Solo (1980s)[edit]

In 1985, after the break-up of Rainbow, Turner released a solo album, Rescue You,[7] 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.[8]

In 1987, Turner also supplied backing vocals to the Michael Bolton album, The Hunger. He appeared on the tracks, "Hot Love" and "Gina".

That same year (1987), he joined Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and recorded the album Odyssey.[7] 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).[7] Later that year he left the band.[7]

Deep Purple[edit]

Turner was asked to join both Bad Company and Foreigner,[9] but opted to join Deep Purple.[7] Turner recorded one album, Slaves and Masters (1990).[7] The album peaked at No. 87 on the Billboard Charts, which was below expectations for a Deep Purple Album. A relatively successful tour followed in 1991, especially in Europe, with Turner willing to sing Songs from the Coverdale-Era of the band, something Ian Gillan had refused. Turner was let go of the band in late 1992 in the middle of sessions for a follow-up album (which eventually became The Battle Rages On) to make way for a returning Gillan in time for the 25th anniversary of the band.[10] He has also put out three albums for the progressive rock band[11] Mother's Army, featuring Jeff Watson, Bob Daisley, and Carmine Appice.

Solo (1992–present)[edit]

Turner fronting the Rainbow tribute band Over the Rainbow in 2010

After his stints with Rising Force and Deep Purple, Turner spent the mid-1990s through 2008, working on his solo career. It was during that time, Turner released an additional nine studio albums and two live albums, to go along with his 1985 offering, Rescue You.

He also worked with Brazen Abbot, led by Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev. Contributing songs he wrote or co-wrote with producer, Bob Held, Turner sang those songs on four studio albums including, Eye of the Storm (1996); Bad Religion (1997); Guilty As Sin (2003); and My Resurrection (2005). In 2001, Turner took part in the role of "The Narrator" in the rock opera, Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus. Turner also fronted the band for a majority of their live performances in Bulgaria. As a result, Turner appears on the 2005 documentary style/live performance DVD release entitled, A Decade of Brazen Abbot, as well as the 2015 studio/live compilation release of 20 Years of Brazen Abbot.

In 2000, Turner first approached former Trapeze and Deep Purple bassist, Glenn Hughes to perform some live dates in Japan in support of Turner's sixth solo album, Holy Man. In 2001, the pair formed Hughes Turner Project. The collaboration resulted in two studio albums (HTP and HTP2) and a live album (Live in Tokyo) between 2001 and 2003. In 2005, Hughes and Turner collaborated once more on the Russian studio project Michael Men Project's album Made in Moscow.

The May 11, 2000 PBS show Between the Lions, featured his vocal on the song "Clobbered" in the season 1, episode 29 episode entitled Giants and Cubs. Another song, "Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal", was also featured.

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. Later that same year in September 2006, Turner released the first album for Frontiers Records AOR project Sunstorm, with bassist Dennis Ward of German rock band Pink Cream 69 under the title, Sunstorm featuring Joe Lynn Turner. Subsequent albums were released under the name, Sunstorm.

Turner was a guest performer in the Voices of Classic Rock shows.

In 2007, 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.

In 2008, Turner formed Over the Rainbow, a tribute band composed of former Rainbow musicians, including drummer Bobby Rondinelli, bassist Greg Smith, keyboardist Paul Morris and Ritchie Blackmore's eldest son, Jürgen on guitar.

He was also a member of the touring band Big Noize from 2008 to 2012. The band featured Turner alongside guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Phil Soussan, and drummer Vinny Appice. In the fall of 2008, the band traveled to Iraq and Kuwait to entertain Multi National Forces. Drummer, Simon Wright, replaced Appice temporarily due to other touring commitments.

Turner performing in 2010

In the summer of 2012, he and the Legends Voice of Rock did a gig at the Golden Times Festival in Degerfors, Sweden.

In 2013, he sang a few songs in a guest role on the Avantasia album The Mystery of Time, released in March.

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.

in 2014 a band he was in: Rated X, released their self-titled debut through Frontiers. The band was led by Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, The Firm bassist Tony Franklin, and guitarist Karl Cochran.

In February 2015, Turner was a guest singer, alongside the winner Slavin Slavchev, in the final of the third season of X Factor Bulgaria.[12] They sang together "Street of Dreams".

Turner was extensively interviewed for the 2016 book, The Other Side of Rainbow, by author Greg Prato, and is also featured on the book's cover.[13]

2021 saw Turner singing two songs on the Michael Schenker Group album Immortal.[citation needed]

In recent years, Turner has received recognition and distinguished awards from around the world. In 2015 he was named Cultural Ambassador to Bulgaria. That same year, he accepted the Legends of Rock Award in Italy, and the Peacemaker Award from the Russian administration in occupied Crimea for the promotion of peace and outstanding contribution to World Art.[14] And in 2016, he received the Man of the Golden Voice Award in Peru.[citation needed]

In August 2022, Turner released "Belly of the Beast", the first single and title track off the new studio album. In the press release, he also went public with having been diagnosed with alopecia totalis at the age of just 3 and having to wear a wig since age 14 in order to hide his lack of hair.[15]



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  2. ^ Barber, Jim (October 24, 2016). "Joe Lynn Turner Revisits Some of His Classic Rock Influences On New Album". Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Joe Lynn Turner Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Barber, Jim (October 24, 2016). "Joe Lynn Turner Revisits Some of His Classic Rock Influences on New Album". Retrieved November 1, 2016. We would all sit around the table on Sundays and sing and play guitars and stuff. I used to play the accordion at first. Okay, that wasn't a very sexy instrument so I dropped that pretty quick and started playing guitar. And when you start to play guitar and it gets known, that's when you start to attract the attention of the girls in high school. And I think that's a pretty universal story – shy kid uses guitar to get noticed," (Turner) said.
  5. ^ Jeb Wright (November 12, 2012). "Discover the 10 albums that changed Joe Lynn Turner's life". Goldmine.
  6. ^ "Presenting Fandango (Photograph)". Arista, RCA Sign New Artists. Cash Box Magazine. Vol. XXXVIII, no. 43. March 12, 1977. p. 10. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
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  8. ^ "Blue de Ville (TV Movie 1986)". IMDb. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Blabbermouth (April 24, 2021). "JOE LYNN TURNER Entertained Offers From FOREIGNER And BAD COMPANY Before Joining DEEP PURPLE". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  10. ^ Marybeth Mitchell. "Can Happen Here – Joe Lynn Turner". Higher Rock Music. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Biography". Joe Lynn Turner official website. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "Joe Lynn Turner Official Page". Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  13. ^ Greg Prato (2016). The Other Side of Rainbow. ISBN 9781539838630.
  14. ^ "JOE LYNN TURNER отмечен почетной наградой - "Орденом Миротворец"!". альянс-миротворец.рф. August 15, 2015. Archived from the original on January 24, 2022. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  15. ^ "GRAHAM BONNET Praises JOE LYNN TURNER's 'Bravery' for Finally Ditching His Wig: 'You Have Blazed a Trail Today'". August 26, 2022.

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