Joe Houston

American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist

Joe Houston (July 11, 1926 – December 28, 2015) was an American tenor saxophonist. He played jazz and rhythm and blues. He was born in Bastrop, Texas. His career began in the 1940s in Kansas City, Missouri.

Houston in April 2008

Houston formed his own band The Rockets, and moved to Los Angeles in 1952. He scored his only two chart hit singles in 1952 with "Worry, Worry, Worry" and "Hard Time Baby" both of which peaked at #10 on Billboard's R&B singles chart.

Houston's musical career ended after he suffered a stroke in 2005. He died on December 28, 2015 in Long Beach, California, following a series of strokes, aged 89.[1][2]


  1. "Joe Houston, Pioneering Rock & Roll Sax Player, Has Died at 89", LA Weekly, December 29, 2015 Archived January 10, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 30, 2015
  2. Grobaty, Tim. "Joe Houston, legendary saxophonist, dies in Long Beach at 89". Press-Telegram. Retrieved 29 December 2015.