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

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

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 235 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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, harmonica, jew's harp  
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? Alabama Joe ; Bessie Brown Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia 81862 10-in. 7/3/1924 Hoodoo blues Alabama Joe ; 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  
(Results 26-50 of 235 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smeck, Roy," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

Smeck, Roy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

"Smeck, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764

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