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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 76-100 of 235 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E35639 10-in. 12/4/1930 Sing your way home Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E35883 10-in. 12/29/1930 Blue Pacific moonlight Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal duet leader  
Brunswick E35884 10-in. 12/29/1930 Little sweetheart of the prairie Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal duet leader  
Brunswick E35956 10-in. 1/28/1931 Just a gigolo Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E35957 10-in. 1/28/1931 Reaching for the moon Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36512 10-in. 3/26/1931 By the River Sainte Marie Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36513 10-in. 3/26/1931 Do el Rio “Sainte Marie” Trio Vitafonico Hawaiano Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36514 10-in. 3/26/1931 The waltz you saved for me Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36515 10-in. 3/26/1931 Broken-hearted waltz Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36516 10-in. 3/26/1931 Vals del corazon partido Trio Vitafonico Hawaiano Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36682 10-in. 5/5/1931 My cradle sweetheart Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36683 10-in. 5/5/1931 Rock me in a cradle of Kalua Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36684 10-in. 5/5/1931 Rocky Mountain lullaby Roy Smeck Vitaphone Trio Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E2903-E2904 10-in. 4/24/1926 Tough pickin’ Roy Smeck Octo-chorda, with guitar composer, instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Brunswick E2905-E2906 10-in. 4/24/1926 Twilight echoes Roy Smeck Octo-chorda, with guitar composer, instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Brunswick E3238-E3240 10-in. 6/16/1926 Twilight echoes Roy Smeck Octo-chorda solo, with guitar instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
Edison 18297 10-in. 3/10/1928 Tough pickin' Carson Robison ; Roy Smeck Octo-chorda and guitar duet composer, instrumentalist, octo-chorda  
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  
(Results 76-100 of 235 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smeck, Roy," accessed November 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

Smeck, Roy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104764.

"Smeck, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 November 2021.

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