Titus Turner

Titus Turner

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.

Titus Turner Discography


JLP 70-3018 Titus Turner Sound Off(LP, Album, Mono) Jamie JLP 70-3018 US 1961 Sell This Version
BW 116001 Titus Turner Sound Off(LP) Black & White records (6) BW 116001 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

W-90006-X45 Titus Turner All Around The World / Do You Know (Single) Wing Records W-90006-X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
W-90033X45 Titus Turner Sweet And Low / Big John(7", Single) Wing Records W-90033X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
W-90058X45 Titus Turner Get On The Right Track Baby / I'll Wait Forever(7") Wing Records W-90058X45 1956 Sell This Version
45-1127 Titus Turner Hungry Man / A-Knocking At My Baby's Door (Single) Atlantic 45-1127 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-5095 Titus Turner Stop The Pain / Hold Your Loving(7", Single) King Records (3) 45-5095 US 1957 Sell This Version
5140 Titus Turner Coralee / Tears Of Joy Fill My Eyes (Single) King Records (3) 5140 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-5186 Titus Turner Return Of Stagolee King Records (3) 45-5186 US 1959 Sell This Version
5243 Titus Turner Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck Jones (Single) King Records (3) 5243 US 1959 Sell This Version
201 Titus Turner We Told You Not To Marry (Single) Glover Records (2) 201 US 1959 Sell This Version
DR 102 Titus Turner Sodom And Gommorrahh(7") Dart (8) DR 102 US 1959 Sell This Version
1174 Titus Turner Sound-Off (Single) Jamie 1174 US 1960 Sell This Version
206 Titus Turner Cool Down / Get Up Betty Jean (Single) Glover Records (2) 206 US 1960 Sell This Version
210 Titus Turner The More We Get Together / I'm Set In My Ways(7") Glover Records (2) 210 US 1960 Sell This Version
1184 Titus Turner Hey Doll Baby / I Want A Little Girl (Single) Jamie 1184 US 1961 Sell This Version
45/BB 32 Titus Turner Way Down Yonder / Miss Rubberneck Jones (Single) King Records (3) 45/BB 32 UK 1961 Sell This Version
1177 Titus Turner Pony Train / Bla, Bla, Bla Cha Cha Cha (Single) Jamie 1177 US 1961 Sell This Version
1189 Titus Turner Horsin' Around(7") Jamie 1189 US 1961 Sell This Version
1202 Titus Turner Shake The Hand Of A Fool / Beautiful Stranger(7", Single, Promo) Jamie 1202 US 1961 Sell This Version
1213 Titus Turner Walk On The Wild Side Twist / Twistin' Train Jamie 1213 US 1962 Sell This Version
1005 Titus Turner People Sure Act Funny / My Darkest Hour (Single) Enjoy Records 1005 US 1962 Sell This Version
GP 3006 Titus Turner Last Of The Big Time Spenders / Help The Blind (Single) Glover GP 3006 US 1964 Sell This Version
45-6310 Titus Turner Baby Girl ATCO Records 45-6310 US 1964 Sell This Version
1015 Titus Turner Soulville / My Darkest Hour(7") Enjoy Records 1015 US 1964 Sell This Version


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