Leroy Smeck 6 February — 5 April was an American musician. His skill on the banjo, guitar, and ukulele earned him the nickname "The Wizard of the Strings". Born in Reading, PennsylvaniaSmeck started on the vaudeville circuit. Smeck could not sing well, so he developed novelty dances and trick playing to supplement his act. Smeck was one of only two vaudeville artists to play the octachord, an 8-string lap steel guitar. He was introduced to the instrument by Sam Moore when he played on the bill with Moore and Davis in Like so many of the performers during the era, he was a big fan of the instruments created by the C.
Smeck was unsuccessful in obtaining an endorsement deal with Martin, who limited their support to a twenty percent discount for all performers. As a result, he endorsed the Harmony and Gibson guitars and Harmony ukuleles. Smeck was not a vocalist; to compensate he developed a large number of novelty items for his act. In addition to playing the ukulele with his teeth, he would play it behind his back or even use a violin bow. Smeck was an early radio performer, putting together acts for appearances across the country.
On the program was a short film, His Pastimesmade in Vitaphone and starring Smeck, which made him an instant celebrity. He also appeared with Columbo in That Goes Doublewhich featured Smeck on a screen divided into four parts, simultaneously playing steel guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, and six-string guitar. Smeck played at Franklin D. Roosevelt 's presidential inaugural ball in The Charleston - Roy Smeck And His Magic Uke* - Wizard Of The StringsGeorge VI's coronation Jag Är Som En Främling (Live) - Rolf Wikström - Klassiker inand toured globally.
Smeck designed and endorsed the Vita-Uke and other stringed instruments marketed by the Harmony Company of Chicago. Inhe was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame.
His citation read, in part, "The 'Wizard of the Strings' captured the hearts and minds of audiences for more than six decades. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roy Smeck. Roy Smeck: The Wizard of the Strings. Hal Leonard. Ukulele Heroes: Speed Master - Gackt - Attack Of The Yellow Fried Chickenz In Europe 2010 Golden Age.
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