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Roy Smeck

You may recognize the name Roy Smeck as much for his own prolific recordings as for the dozens of guitar instruction books he issued throughout the years. Blessed with some of the most nimble fingers imaginable, Smeck's approach to music often bordered on the showy, novelty side, but he also influenced many Western swing guitarists in the process. Smeck began issuing records and appearing on Warner Bros. movie shorts during the 1920s. It was then that he introduced his unique blend of jazz, country, and Hawaiian styles, wowing anyone who heard or saw him in action. In addition to working solo, Smeck also played on sessions by country greats Vernon Dalhart and Carson Robinson and formed his own band in the '30s, the Vita Trio. It was around this time that the guitarist began issuing a stream of instructional books on everything from how to play guitar, ukulele, and Hawaiian slide guitar to banjo. After several years of minor success recording for ABC, Kapp, and other small labels, in the '70s the reissue label Yazoo released several of Smeck's virtuoso recordings from his early days, causing a whole new round of interest in the guitarist. ~ Steve Kurutz
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Selected Discography

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Track List: South Seas Serenade

1. Hawaiian War Chant

2. Little Brown Gal

3. My Little Grass Shack

4. Lovely Hula Hands

5. Song Of The Islands

6. Sweet Leilani

7. The Moon Of Manakoora

8. Blue Hawaii

9. My Isle Of Golden Dreams

10. King Kamehameha (The Conqueror Of The Islands)

11. Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula

12. Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)

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Track List: The Wizard Of The Strings - Stringing Along

1. Alexander's Ragtime Band

2. Bye Bye Blackbird

3. Mam'selle

4. Swingin' Down The Lane

5. Don't Blame Me

6. Hay Seed Rag

7. St. Louis Blues

8. The 3rd Man Theme

9. Banjo Shuffle Boogie

10. For Me And My Gal

11. Carioca

12. Tea For Two

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Track List: Guitar Moods Of Roy Smeck

1. Begin The Beguine

2. Two Guitars

3. Blue N' The Blues

4. Waltz Italiano

5. Tico Tico

6. Summer Shadow

7. Escape Tango

8. Happy Polka

9. When Will You Know?

10. Honky Tonk Guitar

11. Roy's Guitar Boogie

12. Hobsie March

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Track List: The Haunting Hawaiian Guitar

1. Rose Room

2. Over The Rainbow

3. You Were Meant For Me

4. Wabash Blues

5. I Cried For You

6. It Happened In Monterey

7. You Are My Lucky Star

8. Blue Moon

9. When You Wore A Tulip

10. I Love You

11. Wonderful One

12. At Sundown

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Track List: Hi Fi Paradise

1. Moonlight Bay

2. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

3. In A Little Spanish Town

4. Let The Rest Of The World Go By

5. Three O'Clock In The Morning

6. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

7. Paradise

8. My Blue Heaven

9. I'll See You In My Dreams

10. Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland

11. Missouri Waltz

12. Goodnight Sweetheart

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Track List: The Magic Ukulele Of Roy Smeck

1. Twelfth Street Rag

2. Music Box Waltz

3. Bye Bye Blues

4. Melody In F

5. I Ain't Got Nobody

6. Ain't She Sweet

7. Uke Said It

8. Humoresque

9. Waltz Of Yesteryear

10. Five Foot Two

11. Sweet Georgia Brown

12. Honolulu Shuffle

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Track List: Roy Smeck Plays Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele And Guitar

1. 12th Street Rag

2. Frettin' Blues

3. Shuffle Off To Buffalo

4. Limehouse Blues

5. Nifty Pickin'

6. Tough Pickin'

7. Slippery Fingers

8. Steel Guitar Rag

9. Tiger Rag

10. Guitarese

11. Farewell Blues

12. Ukulele Bounce

13. Bugle Call Rag

14. Laughing Rag

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