Zeb Turner

Zeb Turner (June 23, 1915 – January 10, 1978) was an American country music songwriter and guitarist, and pioneer of rockabilly.

He was born William Edward Grishaw in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States, and he renamed himself after a favorite piece of music, "The Zeb Turner Stomp". With his brother James (who took the stage name "Zeke Turner"), also a guitarist, he backed artists such as Hank Williams and Red Foley in the years after World War II. He co-wrote "It's a Sin", a number one hit on the country chart for Eddy Arnold in 1947, with music publisher Fred Rose. Turner also recorded for small record labels such as Bullet and King Records; some of these were "country boogie" tunes which were influential on early rockabilly. His King Records version of Billy Briggs' "Chew Tobacco Rag" was a No. 8 jukebox country and western hit in 1951, while his own "Tennessee Boogie" had reached No. 11 on the same chart in 1949.

Later in the 1950s, Turner was a disc jockey on Baltimore and Washington radio stations.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 23, 1915, Died January 10, 1978

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-3319 10-in. 1/18/1950 I'm a lonesome man Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor D6VB-2893 10-in. 9/24/1946 It's a sin Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor D9VB-0858 10-in. 2/2/1949 You're next door to heaven (when you're in Tennessee) Ernie Lee ; Southerners (Ernie Lee) Male vocal solo, with string band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Turner, Zeb," accessed July 1, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/356089.

Turner, Zeb. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 1, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/356089.

"Turner, Zeb." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 1 July 2022.

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