Babe K. "Black Ace" Turner

Vocals, Guitar

Date of Birth:  December 21, 1907    Hughes Springs, TX

Date of Death:  November 7, 1972    Fort Worth, TX

Place of Burial:  Steen Cemetery

                         Texas 31 / Steen Cemetery Road

                         Malakoff, TX 75418

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Middle Section

                          32° 10' 9" N / 96° 2' 17" W


Black Ace / Trifling Woman, Decca (7281)

Christmas Time Blues (Beggin' Santa Claus)Lowing Heifer, Decca (7387)

You Gonna Need My Help SomedayWhiskey And Women, Decca (7340)

Black Ace, XX Records (Min 701, EP)

BK Turner And His Steel Guitar, Arhoolie Records (F1003)

Texas Slide Guitars: Complete Recorded Works 1930-1938 In Chronological Order, Document Records (DOCD5143)

I'm The Boss Card In Your Hand, Arhoolie Records (CD 374)


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Black Ace page, Accessed May 18, 2018.

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