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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 76-100 of 120 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 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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