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Datebook: May 18 – Big Joe Turner turns 100

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American blues shouter Big Joe Turner was born on May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, “Rock and roll would have never happened without him.” Turner came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” He died November 24, 1985. Today we shout the blues in your honor, Big Joe. Watch Big Joe Turner shout the blues on YouTube.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 18

Murray Calloway County Hospice conducts the first of a two part education program about end-of-life issues and care-giving– tomorrow from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is required for volunteers. The second session is May 26. Both sessions are in the Education Building on the corner of south 8th and Elm Streets. Call 270-767-3670 with questions or intent to attend.

May 30th is the deadline for the 2nd Annual Remarkable Vision Photo Contest. See kentuckynewera.com for rules and to submit digital high res jpegs taken within Christian County. Category 1 is for historical imagery unique to Hopkinsville-Christian County. Category 2 is for the photographer’s vision of potential and opportunity.

Western Baptist Hospital hosts a free stroke awareness luncheon tomorrow in its Heart Center Auditorium. Reservations are required at 270-575-2895. The hospital also offers a 24 hour chest pain and stroke hotline at 800-575-1911.

Go to our website wkms.org to learn about our live broadcast Saturday from the Lowertown Art and Music Festival in Paducah.

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