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Titus Turner

voc, 1933-1984 US, Atlanta
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of R&B/Soul and Blues

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.

  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha on A Walk on the Wild Side by Titus Turner
Coralee on R&B Hipshakers Volume 2 - ScratchThat Itch by Various Artists
Hold Your Lovin' on Rhythm & Blues 1952-1959 - Music Sampler - Volume 2 by Various Artists
Do You Dig It - Single Version; Remastered on Crate Diggers: Funk by Various Artists
Sound Off (Duckworth Chant) on Sound Off by Titus Turner
Miss Rubberneck Jones on Reggae So Delicious by Various Artists
Never Never Nothin' on Sound Off by Titus Turner
Beautiful Stranger on A Walk on the Wild Side by Titus Turner
Hey Doll Baby on Sound Off by Titus Turner
Way Down Way on The Aggrovators Present: Ska Maximum by Various Artists

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Title Artist Year Type
Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha ChaTitus Turner2018Single
Sixteen Tons / CoraleeEugene Church / Titus Turner2016Single
His Funeral, My Trial / Do You Dig ItTitus Turner2006Single
The Chronological Titus Turner 1949-1954Titus Turner2005Compil.
Sound Off - The Jamie MastersTitus Turner1992Compil.
Rockin' And Boppin'Titus Turner1990Compil.
Titans Of R&BTitus Turner And Tommy Tucker1990Compil.
Wipe Your Tears/Stop The PainJimmy Nolen, Titus Turner1989Compil.
Then That's When I'll Stop Lovin' YouTitus Turner1977Single
Bla bla bla Cha cha chaTitus Turner1977Single
Saga Of Pete Latimore / Atlanta GrooveTitus Turner / Titus Turner & Soul Burners1970Single
Get Down Off The TrainTitus Turner1970Single
(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over / Mary MackTitus Turner1967Single
Eye To EyeTitus Turner1966Single
Hoop Hoop Hoop A Hoopa DoTitus Turner1965Single
Last Of The Big Time Spenders / Help The BlindTitus Turner1964Single
Soulville / My Darkest HourTitus Turner1964Single
Baby GirlTitus Turner1964Single
Your Lovin Is Killin Me BabyTitus Turner1964Single
Walk On The Wild Side Twist / Twistin' TrainTitus Turner1962Single
People Sure Act Funny / My Darkest HourTitus Turner1962Single
Pony TrainTitus Turner1961Single
Hey Doll Baby / I Want A Little GirlTitus Turner1961Single
Pony TrainTitus Turner1961Single
Bla, Bla, Bla Cha Cha ChaTitus Turner1961Single
Sound OffTitus Turner1961Album
Pony Train / Bla, Bla, Bla Cha Cha ChaTitus Turner1961Single
Horsin' AroundTitus Turner1961Single
Shake The Hand Of A Fool / Beautiful StrangerTitus Turner1961Single
When The Sergeant Comes Marching Home / Up Jumps The DevilTitus Turner1960Single
Sound-Off / Me And My Lonely TelephoneTitus Turner1960Single
The More We Get Together / I'm Set In My WaysTitus Turner1960Single
Cool Down / Get Up Betty JeanTitus Turner1960Single
Sodom And GommorrahhTitus Turner1959Single
Fall Guy / TarzanTitus Turner1959Single
Return Of StagoleeTitus Turner1959Single
We Told You Not To MarryTitus Turner1959Single
Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck JonesTitus Turner1959Single
Way Down Yonder / Miss Rubberneck JonesTitus Turner1958Single
Coralee / Tears Of Joy Fill My EyesTitus Turner1958Single
Stop The Pain / Hold Your LovingTitus Turner1957Single
Hungry Man / A-Knocking At My Baby's DoorTitus Turner1957Single
Get On The Right Track Baby / I'll Wait ForeverTitus Turner1956Album
All Around The World / Do You KnowTitus Turner1955Single
Sweet And Low / Big JohnTitus Turner1955Single
Keep On Loving Me, Baby / Still In the DarkTitus TurnerSingle
Mona Lisa Was A Man / Get Down With Me BabyTitus TurnerSingle
A 'LIving Legend' The Titus Turner StoryTitus TurnerAlbum
SoulvilleTitus TurnerCompil.
My Lonely Room / Over The RainbowTitus TurnerSingle
Hey Doll Baby / Knock Me A KissTitus TurnerSingle
Think / Hold Your Lovin'James Brown & The Famous Flames / Titus TurnerSingle
People Sure Act Funny / (When They Get A Little Money) / I Just Can't Keep It To MyselfTitus TurnerSingle
Young Wings can FlyTitus TurnerSingle
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