Roy Turk

Roy Kenneth Turk (September 20, 1892 – November 30, 1934) was an American songwriter and lyricist, he frequently collaborated with composer Fred E. Ahlert – their popular 1929 song "Mean to Me" has become a jazz standard. In 1926 collaborated with Lou Handman on his best known song the 1927 hit song Are You Lonesome Tonight? made famous by acts like Elvis Presley. He worked with many other composers, including for film lyrics. Turk was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 20, 1892 (New York City), Died November 30, 1934 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 418 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-23883 10-in. 3/24/1920 Oh! How I laugh when I think how I cried about you Victor Roberts [i.e., Billy Jones] Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-27283 10-in. 1/5/1923 Aggravatin' papa (don't you try to two-time me) Isabelle Patricola Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-27425 10-in. 1/23/1923 Aggravatin' papa (Don't you try to two-time me) Ross Gorman ; Virginians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor B-27755 10-in. 4/13/1923 Aggravatin' papa (don't you try to two-time me) Isabelle Patricola Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-27757 10-in. 4/13/1923 Two-time Dan Isabelle Patricola Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-28455 10-in. 9/6/1923 My sweetie went away (She didn't say where,when, or why) Billy Murray ; Ed Smalle Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-30697 10-in. 9/4/1924 Mandy, make up your mind Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-30790 10-in. 9/9/1924 Morning (Won't you ever come 'round) Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-31401 10-in. 11/11/1924 Old maid Jim Jane Green Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-31455 10-in. 11/26/1924 The blues have got me Jane Green Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-31739 10-in. 1/20/1925 It's all the same to me Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-32768 10-in. 7/13/1925 I'm gonna Charleston back to Charleston Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor BVE-33251 10-in. 9/4/1925 I'm gonna Charleston back to Charleston The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-33558 10-in. 10/12/1925 Sweet man Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-34683 10-in. 3/5/1926 Gimme a little kiss (Will ya? Huh?) Jack Smith Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-34798 10-in. 4/23/1926 Gimme a little kiss, will ya? Huh? Jean Goldkette Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor BVE-35395 10-in. 5/12/1926 I wonder what's become of Joe? Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-35468 10-in. 5/19/1926 Whadda you say we get together Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-35713 10-in. 6/23/1926 Hoodle dee doo dee doo doo Irving Aaronson ; Commanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Victor BVE-36586 10-in. 11/12/1926 Why can't we be sweethearts (All over again) Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-38222 10-in. 3/18/1927 It's just because I'm falling in love with you Jack Smith Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-38269 10-in. 6/2/1927 Just another day wasted away (Waiting for you) Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-38705 10-in. 4/28/1927 Oo! Golly ain't she cute? Jack Smith Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-38846 10-in. 5/27/1927 Just another day wasted away (Waiting for you) Johnny Marvin ; Ed Smalle Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BVE-39181 10-in. 9/15/1927 Nothin' Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 418 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Turk, Roy," accessed July 16, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.

Turk, Roy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 16, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.

"Turk, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 16 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801

Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.