Joe Lynn Turner

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Joe Lynn Turner
Turner performing in Sweden - 2010
Background information
Birth name Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito
Also known as JLT
Born (1951-08-02) August 2, 1951 (age 65)
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, neoclassical metal, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, accordion
Years active 1976–present
Labels Elektra, Frontiers
Associated acts Fandango, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Deep Purple, Mother's Army, Brazen Abbot, Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm, Walter Giardino, Avantasia
Website Official website

Joe Lynn Turner (born Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito, August 2, 1951) is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock band Rainbow.[1] 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, Rated X (based on Mother's Army), and AOR side project Sunstorm, etc.) while pursuing a solo career. Turner released The Sessions (2016) via Cleopatra Records featuring a veritable who's who of classic rock royalty as guest musicians, before resuming his seemingly constant touring schedule back in Europe.[2]


Turner, like millions of other teenagers in the 1960s, garnered admiring eyes through playing music. Growing up in an Italian-American home, where Frank Sinatra, Enrico Caruso, and other Italian musical heroes were second only to the Church in reverence, Turner realized that music was the path to popularity.[3] 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.[4]

In March 1977, Fandango, a band described as an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, country, jazz and melodic rock, signed their first recording contract with RCA Records.[5] 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.[6]

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

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.[7] He has also put out three albums for the progressive rock band[8] 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.

He was a member of the touring band Big Noize, featuring alongside guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Phil Soussan, and drummer Vinny Appice.

In the summer 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 as 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.

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 versatility. 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.

On February 9, 2015 Turner was a guest singer, alongside the winner Slavin Slavchev, in the final of the third season of X Factor Bulgaria.[9] They sang together "Street of Dreams".



  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2004). Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story. ECW Press. pp. 260–. ISBN 978-1-55022-618-8. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Barber, Jim (October 24, 2016). "Joe Lynn Turner Revisits Some of His Classic Rock Influences On New Album". Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Jeb Wright (November 12, 2012). "Discover the 10 albums that changed Joe Lynn Turner's life". Goldmine (magazine). 
  5. ^ "Presenting Fandango (Photograph)". Arista, RCA Sign New Artists. Cash Box Magazine. XXXVIII (43). March 12, 1977. p. 10. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Blue de Ville (TV Movie 1986)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  7. ^ Marybeth Mitchell. "Can Happen Here – Joe Lynn Turner". Higher Rock Music. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Biography". Joe Lynn Turner official website. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Joe Lynn Turner Official Page". Retrieved 2016-01-24. 

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