Titus Turner

Real Name:
Titus Lee 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 Sound Off — Titus Turner Titus Turner Sound Off (Album) Jamie JLP 70-3018 US 1961 Sell This Version
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T.T. LP-1001 A 'LIving Legend' The Titus Turner Story — Titus Turner Titus Turner A 'LIving Legend' The Titus Turner Story(LP) Titus Turner Songs Co. T.T. LP-1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
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3322 Stop Trying To Make A Fool Of Me / Let's Forget The Whole Thing — Titus Turner Titus Turner Stop Trying To Make A Fool Of Me / Let's Forget The Whole Thing(Shellac, 10") Regal Records (2) 3322 US 1951 Sell This Version
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6907 Please Baby / Jambalaya — Titus Turner Titus Turner Please Baby / Jambalaya Okeh 6907 US 1952 Sell This Version
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6929 Titus Turner Christmas Morning / Be Sure You Know(Shellac, 10") Okeh 6929 US 1952 Sell This Version
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6883 Got So Much Trouble / What'cha Gonna Do For Me — Titus Turner Titus Turner Got So Much Trouble / What'cha Gonna Do For Me(Shellac, 10", Promo) Okeh 6883 US 1952 Sell This Version
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6961 Big Mary's / Living In Misery — Titus Turner Titus Turner Big Mary's / Living In Misery (Single) Okeh 6961 US 1953 Sell This Version
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7038 Hello, Stranger / Devilish Women — Titus Turner Titus Turner Hello, Stranger / Devilish Women Okeh 7038 US 1954 Sell This Version
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7027 My Lonely Room / Over The Rainbow — Titus Turner Titus Turner My Lonely Room / Over The Rainbow Okeh 7027 US 1954 Sell This Version
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W-90006 All Around The World / Do You Know — Titus Turner Titus Turner All Around The World / Do You Know (Single) Wing Records W-90006 US 1955 Sell This Version
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W90033X45 Sweet And Low / Big John — Titus Turner Titus Turner Sweet And Low / Big John (Single) Wing Records W90033X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
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W-90058 Get On The Right Track Baby / I'll Wait Forever — Titus Turner Titus Turner Get On The Right Track Baby / I'll Wait Forever Wing Records W-90058 US 1956 Sell This Version
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45-5095 Stop The Pain  / Hold Your Loving — Titus Turner Titus Turner Stop The Pain / Hold Your Loving (Single) King Records (3) 45-5095 US 1957 Sell This Version
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45-5067 You Turned The Lamps Too Low / Have Mercy Baby — Titus Turner Titus Turner You Turned The Lamps Too Low / Have Mercy Baby (Single) King Records (3) 45-5067 US 1957 Sell This Version
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MEP 14169 Rock'n Roll — Titus Turner Dinah Washington / Titus Turner Dinah Washington / Titus Turner - Rock'n Roll(7", EP) Mercury MEP 14169 France 1957 Sell This Version
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5140 Coralee / Tears Of Joy Fill My Eyes — Titus Turner Titus Turner Coralee / Tears Of Joy Fill My Eyes (Single) King Records (3) 5140 US 1958 Sell This Version
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5129 Way Down Yonder / Miss Rubberneck Jones — Titus Turner Titus Turner Way Down Yonder / Miss Rubberneck Jones (Single) King Records (3) 5129 US 1958 Sell This Version
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201 We Told You Not To Marry — Titus Turner Titus Turner We Told You Not To Marry (Single) Glover Records (2) 201 US 1959 Sell This Version
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45-5186 Return Of Stagolee — Titus Turner Titus Turner Return Of Stagolee King Records (3) 45-5186 US 1959 Sell This Version
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5243 Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck Jones — Titus Turner Titus Turner Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck Jones (Single) King Records (3) 5243 US 1959 Sell This Version
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5213 Fall Guy / Tarzan — Titus Turner Titus Turner Fall Guy / Tarzan(7", Promo) King Records (3) 5213 US 1959 Sell This Version
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210 The More We Get Together / I'm Set In My Ways — Titus Turner Titus Turner The More We Get Together / I'm Set In My Ways Glover Records (2) 210 US 1960 Sell This Version
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206 Cool Down / Get Up Betty Jean — Titus Turner Titus Turner Cool Down / Get Up Betty Jean (Single) Glover Records (2) 206 US 1960 Sell This Version
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202 When The Sergeant Comes Marching Home / Up Jumps The Devil — Titus Turner Titus Turner When The Sergeant Comes Marching Home / Up Jumps The Devil Glover Records (2) 202 US 1960 Sell This Version
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1174 Sound-Off   /  Me And My Lonely Telephone — Titus Turner Titus Turner Sound-Off / Me And My Lonely Telephone (Single) Jamie 1174 US 1960 Sell This Version

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