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1. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
2. Where Are You?
3. Stop Trying To Make A Fool Of Me
4. Let's Forget The Whole Thing
5. It's Too Late Now
6. Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend
7. What'Cha Gonna Do For Me
8. Same Old Feeling
9. Got So Much Trouble
10. Please Baby
11. Be Sure You Know
12. Jambalaya
13. My Plea
14. Christmas Morning
15. Big Mary's
16. Livin' In Misery
17. Over The Rainbow
18. Hello, Stranger
19. My Lonely Room
20. Devilish Women

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(1949-54'Aladin/Regal/Okeh)(52:58/20) R&B Crooner, der Songs für u.a. Louis Jordan, Ray Charles und Aretha Franklin schrieb / Black r&b crooner, who was more famous a songwriter than vocalist, with contributions for the Everly Brothers, the Beatles and Dinah Washington.

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  1. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
  2. Where Are You?
  3. Stop Trying To Make A Fool Of Me
  4. Let's Forget The Whole Thing
  5. It's Too Late Now
  6. Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend
  7. What 'Cha Gonna Do For Me
  8. Same Old Feeling
  9. Please Baby
  10. Be Sure You Know
  11. Jambalaya
  12. My Plea
  13. Christmas Morning
  14. Big Mary's
  15. Livin' In Misery
  16. Over The Rainbow
  17. Hello, Stranger
  18. My Lonely Room
  19. Devilish Women
  20. Got So Much Trouble

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Titus Turner & NYC r&b 16 May 2006
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Titus Turner was an East Coast R&B singer based in NYC. He had a couple of medium-level chart hits, but they came after these recordings were made. This CD collects all his recordings from 1949, when he cut his first sides billed as Mr. T., up to 1954.

There's an old saying in the jazz world that those who can't play well usually just play loud. That's pretty much the way Turner sings. To compensate for a lack of natural ability he tends to not only over sing everything, but to employ affectation (moans, fake crying, overdubbing, exaggerated glissandi) in his vocals. Right from the beginning his singing is unnatural: on the first two sides he sounds like a Billy Eckstine wannabe, but a way over the top Eckstine, as if he were doing a parody. Occasionally he drops the pose and then does a pretty decent job (LIVIN' IN MISERY is a good example). Fortunately he's got good accompaniment on most of these sessions, though most of the sidemen are unknown. On one date Buck Clayton is on trumpet, but for some reason the wraps stay on and Buck doesn't solo (though he plays great obbligato on SAME OLD FEELING). Joe Thomas is the tenor man on this session, and he gets all the solo spots - which is fine: he's very good. CHRISTMAS MORNING is a good slow blues (no Merry Christmas here!) with wonderful down-home tenor work. There are a couple of tracks, one involving some weird echo experiment, that are about as bad as you'll ever hear. But these are few in number, while the flavor of the music is typical NYC r&b of the period. The appeal of this CD, however, rests on the accompanists and not the main attraction.
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