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Roy Smeck

Leroy Smeck (6 February 1900 – 5 April 1994) was an American musician. His skill on the banjo, guitar, and ukulele earned him the nickname "The Wizard of the Strings".

Birth and Death Data: Born February 6th, 1900 (Reading), Died April 4th, 1994 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, steel guitar, banjo, octo-chorda, composer, leader, jew's harp, harmonica, ukulele, performer

Notes: Sometimes billed as the "Wizard of the Strings."

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30546 10-in. 8/5/1924 Hayseed rag The Dizzy Trio Instrumental trio, with jew's harp and piano instrumentalist, banjo, jew's harp  
Victor BVE-35305 10-in. 4/12/1926 Twilight echoes Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Victor BVE-35306 10-in. 4/12/1926 Tough pickin' Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Victor BVE-36092 10-in. 9/2/1926 There's a new star in heaven tonight Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-36093 10-in. 9/2/1926 An old-fashioned picture Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-36364 10-in. 9/29/1926 The Miami storm Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-36365 10-in. 9/29/1926 A handful of earth from Mother's grave Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-36949 10-in. 11/19/1926 Far away in Hawaii Vernon Dalhart ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-39279 10-in. 6/21/1927 Itchin' fingers Art Kahn ; Roy Smeck Guitar and piano duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-39281 10-in. 6/21/1927 Banjokes Art Kahn ; Roy Smeck Guitar and piano duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-39282 10-in. 6/21/1927 The ghost of the banjo Art Kahn ; Roy Smeck Guitar and piano duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-43505 10-in. 3/27/1928 Dream River The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano and octo-chorda instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Victor BVE-46397 10-in. 12/18/1928 Trundle bed Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, jew's harp  
Victor BVE-46398 10-in. 12/18/1928 Hide away Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, jew's harp, harmonica  
Victor BVE-46399 10-in. 12/18/1928 Sister Lucy Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, jew's harp, harmonica  
Victor BVE-49299 10-in. 12/27/1928 Birmingham jail Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with violin and 2 guitars instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-49419 10-in. 12/28/1928 You're as welcome as the flowers in May Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio and whistling instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-49420 10-in. 12/28/1928 When the harvest moon is shining Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio and whistling instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-49421 10-in. 12/28/1928 How to make love Bud Billings Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-49422 10-in. 12/28/1928 Barnacle Bill, the sailor Bud Billings Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-49600 10-in. 12/27/1928 Columbus stockade blues Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with violin and 2 guitars instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-49873 10-in. 2/19/1929 She just kept kissing on Kelly Harrell Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, jew's harp, harmonica  
Victor BVE-49874 10-in. 2/19/1929 All my sins are taken away Kelly Harrell Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, harmonica, jew's harp  
Victor BVE-50885 10-in. 5/16/1929 Sittin' and whittlin' Billy Hays Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, jew's harp  
Victor BVE-50886 10-in. 5/16/1929 Do you believe? Billy Hays Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-50887 10-in. 5/16/1929 When it's springtime in the Rockies Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with violin and 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-50888 10-in. 5/16/1929 Sleepy Rio Grande Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with violin and 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-50891 10-in. 5/16/1929 Barnacle Bill the sailor, no. 2 Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with violin and 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-53424 10-in. 5/21/1929 Left my gal in the mountains Bud Billings ; Joe Billings Male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor CVE-57765 12-in. 12/11/1929 Kyrie eleēson (Κυριε ελεησον) Tetos Demetriades (Τετος Δημητριαδης) Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, jew's harp, harmonica  
Victor CVE-57766 12-in. 12/11/1929 Ein' tēs modas (Ειν' της μοδας) Tetos Demetriades (Τετος Δημητριαδης) Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-58338 10-in. 12/30/1929 Everybody does it in Hawaii King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-58339 10-in. 12/30/1929 Frankie and Johnny King Oliver Orchestra ; Roy Smeck Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-58340 10-in. 12/30/1929 New Orleans shout King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor BVE-58396 10-in. 1/20/1930 Calamity Jane Vernon Dalhart ; Adelyne Hood Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-58397 10-in. 1/20/1930 Hallelujah, there's a rainbow in the sky Vernon Dalhart ; Adelyne Hood Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-58399 10-in. 1/20/1930 Out in the great Northwest Vernon Dalhart ; Adelyne Hood Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BVE-59680 10-in. 4/8/1930 Poor man's heaven Bud Billings ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59681 10-in. 4/8/1930 Leave the purty gals alone Bud Billings ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-64376 10-in. 11/25/1930 Au revoir, pleasant dreams Roy Smeck Vita Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo (Hawaiian) leader  
Victor BVE-64377 10-in. 11/25/1930 Sing your way home Roy Smeck Vita Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo (Hawaiian) leader  
Victor BRC-70110 10-in. 7/1/1931 Reflections of you Band O’ Sunshine ; Sunny Clapp ; George Marks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia 81823 10-in. 6/12/1924 Ukulele blues Roy Smeck Ukulele solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Columbia 81824 10-in. 6/12/1924 Go 'long, mule Roy Smeck Ukulele solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Columbia 81831 10-in. 6/18/1924 How come you do me like you do? Alabama Joe ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia 81832 10-in. 6/18/1924 Muscle Shoals blues Alabama Joe ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia 81861 10-in. 7/3/1924 How can I get it, when you keep on snatchin' it back? Bessie Brown Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia 81862 10-in. 7/3/1924 Hoodoo blues Bessie Brown Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W140489 10-in. 4/1/1925 Dangerous blues Alabama Joe ; Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W140490 10-in. 4/1/1925 Suicide blues Alabama Joe ; Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W141954 10-in. 4/13/1926 Tough pickin' Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda solo, with guitar instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Columbia W141955 10-in. 4/13/1926 Twilight echoes Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda solo, with guitar instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Columbia W142540 10-in. 8/19/1926 Downhearted blues Virgina Childs Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W142541 10-in. 8/19/1926 St. Louis blues Virgina Childs Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W142542 10-in. 8/19/1926 If you can't hold the man you love Virgina Childs Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W142543 10-in. 8/19/1926 You're burnin' me up Virgina Childs Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W144289 10-in. 6/17/1927 Banjokes Art Kahn ; Roy Smeck Banjo and piano duet instrumentalist, banjo, composer  
Columbia W144290 10-in. 6/17/1927 The ghost of the banjo Art Kahn ; Roy Smeck Banjo and piano duet instrumentalist, banjo, composer  
Columbia W151215 10-in. 1/15/1931 The waltz you saved for me Roy Smeck Hawaiian Trio Jazz/dance trio (Hawaiian), with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W151216 10-in. 1/15/1931 Dreamy Rocky Mountain moon Roy Smeck Hawaiian Trio Jazz/dance trio (Hawaiian), with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W80100 10-in. 9/9/1926 Twilight echoes Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
OKeh 80101 10-in. 9/9/1926 Tough pickin' Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
OKeh W80212 10-in. 11/16/1926 Itchin' fingers Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
OKeh W80213 10-in. 11/16/1926 Stretchin' the strings Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
OKeh W402468 10-in. 6/25/1929 I'll always be in love with you Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402469 10-in. 6/25/1929 Honey Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402879 10-in. 8/23/1929 My song of the Nile Smith Ballew ; Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402880 10-in. 8/23/1929 Am I blue? Smith Ballew ; Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W403234 10-in. 11/6/1929 By the way Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio leader  
OKeh W403235 10-in. 11/6/1929 Missouri moon Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio leader  
OKeh W404039 10-in. 5/23/1930 Telling it to the daisies Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with vocal leader  
OKeh W404040 10-in. 5/23/1930 I never dreamt Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with vocal leader  
Edison 18297 10-in. 3/10/1928 Tough pickin' Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Edison 18298 10-in. 3/10/1928 Twilight echoes Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Edison 18300 10-in. 3/12/1928 Itching fingers F. Henri Klickmann ; Roy Smeck Guitar solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Edison 18301 10-in. 3/12/1928 12th Street rag F. Henri Klickmann ; Roy Smeck Ukulele solo, with piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Edison 19169 10-in. 4/25/1929 I wish I had died in my cradle (Before I grew up to love you) Jimson Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, guitar  
Edison 19170 10-in. 4/25/1929 Waiting for a train Jimson Brothers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, banjo  
Edison 19230 10-in. 6/3/1929 Left my gal in the mountains Jimson Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison 19231 10-in. 6/3/1929 Goin' back to Texas Jimson Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Edison 19250 10-in. 6/13/1929 I'd fall in love with me (If I were you) Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Edison 19251 10-in. 6/13/1929 My dear Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Edison N-135 10-in. 3/10/1928 Tough pickin' Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Guitar and octa-chorda duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Edison N-136 10-in. 3/10/1928 Twilight echoes Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Edison N-137 10-in. 3/12/1928 Itching fingers F. Henri Klickmann ; Roy Smeck Guitar solo, with piano instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Edison N-138 10-in. 3/12/1928 12th Street rag F. Henri Klickmann ; Roy Smeck Ukulele solo, with piano instrumentalist, ukulele  
Edison N-871 10-in. 4/25/1929 I wish I had died in my cradle (before I grew up to love you) Jimson Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, guitar  
Edison N-872 10-in. 4/25/1929 Waiting for a train Jimson Brothers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo, guitar  
Edison N-934 10-in. 6/3/1929 Left my gal in the mountains Jimson Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, banjo  
Edison N-935 10-in. 6/3/1929 Goin' back to Texas Jimson Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Edison N-955 10-in. 6/13/1929 I'd fall in love with me (if I were you) Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Edison N-956 10-in. 6/13/1929 My dear Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Edison N-991 10-in. 7/1/1929 When we get together in the moonlight (We get along great) Ermine Calloway Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 60215 10-in. 12/11/1935 On Treasure Island Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, guitar, banjo  
Decca 60216 10-in. 12/11/1935 Red sails in the sunset Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, banjo, guitar  
Decca 60217 10-in. 12/11/1935 Moon over Miami Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, guitar, banjo  
Decca 60218 10-in. 12/11/1935 Boots and saddle Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, banjo, guitar  
Decca 60408 10-in. 1/28/1936 My blue heaven Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 60409 10-in. 1/28/1936 My melancholy baby-1 Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 60410 10-in. 1/28/1936 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 60411 10-in. 1/28/1936 When they changed my name to a number Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 60566 10-in. 2/24/1936 My melancholy baby Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 60567 10-in. 2/24/1936 My blue heaven Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 60568 10-in. 2/24/1936 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Marc Williams instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 61024 10-in. 4/9/1936 Meditation (Guitaroso De.1089) Roy Smeck instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 61025 10-in. 4/9/1936 Slippery fingers Roy Smeck instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 61176 10-in. 6/16/1936 On the beach at Bali Bali Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 61177 10-in. 6/16/1936 Would you? Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 61178 10-in. 6/16/1936 It's a sin to tell a lie Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 61179 10-in. 6/16/1936 We'll rest at the end of the trail Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Decca 65047 10-in. 2/21/1939 Heaven can wait Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 65048 10-in. 2/21/1939 I promise you Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 65049 10-in. 2/21/1939 Red skies in the night Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 65050 10-in. 2/21/1939 I won't believe it Roy Smeck and his Serenaders instrumentalist, guitar  
Vocalion E2903-E2904 10-in. 4/24/1926 Tough pickin’ Roy Smeck Octo-chorda, with guitar instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Vocalion E2905-E2906 10-in. 4/24/1926 Twilight echoes Roy Smeck Octo-chorda, with guitar instrumentalist, octo-chorda, composer  
Vocalion E3238-E3240 10-in. 6/16/1926 Twilight echoes Roy Smeck Octo-chorda solo, with guitar instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Decca 83879 1/30/1953 Memories Roy Smeck performer  
Decca 83880 1/30/1953 Memory Lane Roy Smeck performer  
Vocalion [Vo cat 5133-a] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1923 Dear old pal of mine Sam Moore ; Roy Smeck Guitar and handsaw instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smeck, Roy," accessed August 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

Smeck, Roy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

"Smeck, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 August 2020.

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