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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 (Results 51-75 of 120 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 120 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smeck, Roy," accessed August 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

Smeck, Roy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

"Smeck, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 August 2020.

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

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