New Jersey ! This State has generated a number of musical stars from Italian origin : Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Ponti…and Joe Lynn Turner born Linquito.
Turner is quickly marked out by a tenor voice in the band Fandango, an honest US band between chromed-FM and soft pop. If the 70’s mean apprenticeship, Joe Lynn accepts an offer nobody can refuse in 1980, an offer from the atrabiliary Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow’s autocrat leader, the commercial and overwhelming Rainbow from the 80’s. Three high class records see the light of day and a myriad of music hits contributed to the sensitive and particularly talented singer’s glory .
You must remember “I Surrender”, “Spotlight Kid”, “Stone Cold” or “Street of Dreams”. When Blackmore takes the decision to revive the old Purple’s Mark II, Joe Lynn is turning into a solo career and is marking a decisive strike with a seven wonders AOR records of all times : a work of art called “Rescue You” in 1985 ! He is sharing this masterpiece with the biggest US AOR musicians like Bobby Messano, Chuck Burgi or Al Greenwood.
Not quite tired by characterial rockers, Turner is enhancing his CV with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and then cannot say no to a prestigious position with the legendary Deep Purple in 1989 and 1990 in shamelessly slipping into the Great Ian Gillan’s shoes. Then more solo albums, some projects without too much tomorrows and an explosive collaboration with Glenn Hughes.
Altogether a hundred times deserved status : the status of a rock legend. No more no less…