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Published on Jan 8, 2010
Zeb Turner (born June 23, 1915 in Lynchburg, Virginia; died January 10, 1978) was an American songwriter, guitarist, and pioneer of rockabilly. His original name was William Edward Grishaw; he renamed himself after a favorite piece of music, The Zeb Turner Stomp. With his brother James (who took the stage name "Zeke Turner"), also a guitarist, he backed artists like Hank Williams and Red Foley in the years after World War II. He wrote It's A Sin, a number one hit on the country charts for Eddy Arnold in 1947, and also Texas in My Soul, a standard that has seen many recordings. He also recorded for small labels such as Bullet and King Records; some of these were "country boogie" tunes which were influential on early rockabilly. In the 1950s he was a disc jockey on Baltimore and Washington radio stations.