Titus Turner

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Titus Turner (May 1, 1933 – September 13, 1984) was an American R&B and East Coast blues singer and songwriter.
His best remembered recordings were "We Told You Not To Marry" and "Sound-Off," plus he wrote "Leave My Kitten Alone," and "Tell Me Why.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Turner's debut single release in 1950 was "Where Are You" on Aladdin Records, billed as Mr. T and his Band.
In 1951 his follow-up "Stop Trying to Make a Fool Of Me" appeared on Regal Records.
He followed this a year later on Okeh, issuing eight tracks including "Got So Much Trouble." He had a spell with Mercury Records's imprint, Wing, but was not commercially successful until 1955, when Little Willie John recorded Turner's "All Around the World". The track, re-titled "Grits Ain't Groceries," was covered by Little Milton.

Turner and John then co-wrote "Leave My Kitten Alone", later covered by Johnny Preston, The Beatles and Elvis Costello. In 1959 the King label issued Turner's first hit single, "The Return of Stagolee," an answer song to Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee". He repeated the trick with his next release, "We Told You Not To Marry," an antidote to Price's "I'm Gonna Get Married."
In 1960, Ray Charles recorded the Henry Glover and Turner co-penned song, "Sticks and Stones", which has also seen many cover versions over the years.

By 1961 Turner had his biggest solo success with "Sound-Off," which came from the only album he ever released. The track was described by Joel Whitburn in Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 as a "popular US Army marching drill chant," which was originally a #3 hit for Vaughn Monroe in 1951.

Later singles failed to find a market, and Turner recorded for a plethora of labels throughout the 1960s without further tangible success. These included "Eye to Eye" (Okeh, 1966).
In 1969 his self-penned track "His Funeral, My Trial" was his final release.

Turner died in Atlanta in 1984.
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JLP 70-3018 Titus Turner - Sound Off album art Titus Turner Sound Off (Album) Jamie JLP 70-3018 US 1961 Sell This Version
T.T. LP-1001 Titus Turner - A 'LIving Legend' The Titus Turner Story album art Titus Turner A 'LIving Legend' The Titus Turner Story(LP) Titus Turner Songs Co. T.T. LP-1001 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6907 Titus Turner - Please Baby / Jambalaya album art Titus Turner Please Baby / Jambalaya Okeh 6907 US 1952 Sell This Version
6929 Titus Turner Christmas Morning / Be Sure You Know(Shellac, 10") Okeh 6929 US 1952 Sell This Version
6883 Titus Turner - Got So Much Trouble / What'cha Gonna Do For Me album art Titus Turner Got So Much Trouble / What'cha Gonna Do For Me(Shellac, 10", Promo) Okeh 6883 US 1952 Sell This Version
6961 Titus Turner - Big Mary's / Living In Misery album art Titus Turner Big Mary's / Living In Misery (Single) Okeh 6961 US 1953 Sell This Version
7027 Titus Turner - My Lonely Room / Over The Rainbow album art Titus Turner My Lonely Room / Over The Rainbow Okeh 7027 US 1954 Sell This Version
7038 Titus Turner - Hello, Stranger / Devilish Women album art Titus Turner Hello, Stranger / Devilish Women(10", Promo) Okeh 7038 US 1954 Sell This Version
W-90006 Titus Turner - All Around The World / Do You Know album art Titus Turner All Around The World / Do You Know (Single) Wing Records W-90006 US 1955 Sell This Version
W90033X45 Titus Turner - Sweet And Low / Big John album art Titus Turner Sweet And Low / Big John (Single) Wing Records W90033X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
W-90058 Titus Turner - Get On The Right Track Baby / I'll Wait Forever album art Titus Turner Get On The Right Track Baby / I'll Wait Forever Wing Records W-90058 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-5095 Titus Turner - Stop The Pain  / Hold Your Loving album art Titus Turner Stop The Pain / Hold Your Loving (Single) King Records (3) 45-5095 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-5067 Titus Turner - You Turned The Lamps Too Low / Have Mercy Baby album art Titus Turner You Turned The Lamps Too Low / Have Mercy Baby (Single) King Records (3) 45-5067 US 1957 Sell This Version
MEP 14169 Titus Turner - Rock'n Roll album art Dinah Washington / Titus Turner Dinah Washington / Titus Turner - Rock'n Roll(7", EP) Mercury MEP 14169 France 1957 Sell This Version
5140 Titus Turner - Coralee / Tears Of Joy Fill My Eyes album art Titus Turner Coralee / Tears Of Joy Fill My Eyes (Single) King Records (3) 5140 US 1958 Sell This Version
5129 Titus Turner - Way Down Yonder / Miss Rubberneck Jones album art Titus Turner Way Down Yonder / Miss Rubberneck Jones (Single) King Records (3) 5129 US 1958 Sell This Version
201 Titus Turner - We Told You Not To Marry album art Titus Turner We Told You Not To Marry (Single) Glover Records (2) 201 US 1959 Sell This Version
45-5186 Titus Turner - Return Of Stagolee album art Titus Turner Return Of Stagolee King Records (3) 45-5186 US 1959 Sell This Version
5243 Titus Turner - Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck Jones album art Titus Turner Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck Jones (Single) King Records (3) 5243 US 1959 Sell This Version
5213 Titus Turner - Fall Guy / Tarzan album art Titus Turner Fall Guy / Tarzan(7", Promo) King Records (3) 5213 US 1959 Sell This Version
206 Titus Turner - Cool Down / Get Up Betty Jean album art Titus Turner Cool Down / Get Up Betty Jean (Single) Glover Records (2) 206 US 1960 Sell This Version
202 Titus Turner - When The Sergeant Comes Marching Home / Up Jumps The Devil album art Titus Turner When The Sergeant Comes Marching Home / Up Jumps The Devil Glover Records (2) 202 US 1960 Sell This Version
1174 Titus Turner - Sound-Off   /  Me And My Lonely Telephone album art Titus Turner Sound-Off / Me And My Lonely Telephone (Single) Jamie 1174 US 1960 Sell This Version
210 Titus Turner - The More We Get Together / I'm Set In My Ways album art Titus Turner The More We Get Together / I'm Set In My Ways(7") Glover Records (2) 210 US 1960 Sell This Version
1189 Titus Turner - Horsin' Around album art Titus Turner Horsin' Around Jamie 1189 US 1961 Sell This Version

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