Joe Lynn Turner: The Sessions-2016.

Joe Lynn Turner (born Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito, August 2, 1951) is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. He is known for his work in the hard rock bands RainbowYngwie J. 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, and producer, 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 JoelCher, 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 four albums with Turner. In 2016, Turner released The Sessions via Cleopatra Records.[2]

Turner 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.[3] 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 ZeppelinJimi Hendrix and Free.[4]

In 1977, Turner joined the rock band Fandango, who signed with RCA Records.[5] Turner sang and played guitar on the band’s four albums.[6] Fandango toured with numerous artists including The Allman Brothers BandThe Marshall Tucker BandThe Beach Boys and Billy Joel.


After Fandango split, he received a phone call from British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.[6] This resulted in an audition and Turner was immediately enlisted in Rainbow.[6] The band, while popular in Europe and Japan, had not reached the same level of success in the US.[6] Turner contributed a pop influenced 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 CureStraight Between the Eyes, and Bent Out of Shape, which featured the single, “Street of Dreams“.[6] Rainbow disbanded in 1984.[6]

Solo (1980s)

In 1985, after the break-up of Rainbow, Turner released a solo album, Rescue You,[6] 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.[7]

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.[6] 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).[6] Later that year he left the band.[6]

Deep Purple

Turner was asked to join both Bad Company and Foreigner,[8] but opted to join Deep Purple.[6] Turner recorded one album, Slaves and Masters (1990).[6] 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.[9] He has also put out three albums for the progressive rock band[10] Mother’s Army, featuring Jeff WatsonBob Daisley, and Carmine Appice.

Solo (1992–present)

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.

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.

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.[11] 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.[12]

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 in Crimea for the promotion of peace and outstanding contribution to World Art. And in 2016,he received the Man of the Golden Voice Award in Peru.[citation needed]




  • Waiting for a Girl Like You (1999)
  • Challenge Them All (2001)
  • The One (2004)

Live albums

As band member

1978FandangoLast Kiss
1979FandangoOne Night Stand
FandangoThe Best of FandangoGreatest Hits, Released 1999, Japan only
1981RainbowDifficult to Cure
1981RainbowLive Boston 1981
1982RainbowStraight Between the Eyes
1982RainbowLive Between The Eyes / The Final CutDVD, Released 2006
1983RainbowBent Out of Shape
1984RainbowLive in Japan 1984DVD, CD, Recorded 1984, Rainbow Final Concert
1986RainbowFinyl VinylCompilation of live & B-side, 9 tracks
RainbowA Light in the Black 1975–1984Compilation
1988Yngwie MalmsteenOdyssey
1989Yngwie MalmsteenTrial by Fire: Live in LeningradCD, VHS, DVD
1996Yngwie MalmsteenInspirationcover album, tracks 2, 8 & 11
1990Deep PurpleSlaves and MastersNon-album tracks: “Slow Down Sister” & “Fire, Ice & Dynamite”
1993Mother’s ArmyMother’s Army
1997Mother’s ArmyPlanet Earth
1998Mother’s ArmyFire on the Moon
1996Brazen AbbotEye of the Stormtracks 1, 2, 4 & 8
1997Brazen AbbotBad Religiontracks 1. 4, 7 & 10
2003Brazen AbbotGuilty as Sintracks 1, 4, 9 & 12
2004Brazen AbbotA Decade of Brazen Abbotlive album
2005Brazen AbbotMy Resurrectiontracks 1,4, 7 & 10
2008Brazen AbbotLive at BerkrockDVD
2002Hughes Turner ProjectHTP
2002Hughes Turner ProjectLive in TokyoLive album
2003Hughes Turner ProjectHTP 2
2005Michael Men ProjectMade in MoscowCollaboration with Glenn Hughes
2005Akira Kajiyama and Joe Lynn TurnerFire Without Flame
2009SunstormHouse of Dreams
2012SunstormEmotional Fire
2016SunstormEdge of Tomorrow
2018SunstormThe Road to Hell
2007Cem Köksal featuring Joe Lynn TurnerLive!CD & DVD
2011The Jan Holberg Project feat. Joe Lynn TurnerSense of Time
2013The Jan Holberg ProjectAt Your Servicetracks 2, 3 & 6
2014Rated XRated X

Guest appearancesEdit

One thought on “Joe Lynn Turner: The Sessions-2016.

  1. 2016 release. The Man With The Golden Voice, best known for fronting Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, presents this excellent collection of his studio work recording supercharged versions of rock classics! Features guest appearances by Michael Schenker (UFO), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Morse, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and others.

    1Stone Cold with Vivian Campbell2Lunatic Fringe3Let the Music Do the Talking with Al Pitrelli, Carmine Rojas & Pat Torpey4Mirror Mirror with Icarus Witch5Hellraiser with Steve Lukather, Billy Sherwood, Jay Schellen & Paul Taylor614 Years7Dance the Night Away with Reb Beach8Back in Black with Phil Collen9All Shook Up with Michael Schenker10Babe I’m Gonna Leave You with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Tony Franklin & Doane Perry11All Day and All of the Night with Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo & Simon Wright12Bloody Well Right with Dave Kerzner13The Seeker with Leslie West14Jungle Love with Steve Morse15Two Minutes to Midnight with Richie Kotzen16Fat Bottomed Girls with Reb Beach17Riders on the Storm with Tony Kaye & Steve Cropper


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