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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 51-75 of 235 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 composer, instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
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 Virginia 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 composer, instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W144290 10-in. 6/17/1927 The ghost of the banjo Art Kahn ; Roy Smeck Banjo and piano duet composer, instrumentalist, banjo  
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 composer, instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
OKeh W80212 10-in. 11/16/1926 Itchin' fingers Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Guitar duet composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh W80213 10-in. 11/16/1926 Stretchin' the strings Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Guitar duet composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
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  
Brunswick E34906 10-in. 10/21/1930 I miss a little miss Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance trio, with vocal leader  
Brunswick E34907 10-in. 10/21/1930 In a window, in a house, in Caroline Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance trio, with vocal leader  
Brunswick E35638 10-in. 12/4/1930 Little Spanish dancer Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance trio, with male vocal solo leader  
(Results 51-75 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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