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. 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 20th, 1892 (New York City), Died November 30th, 1934 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 379 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Turk, Roy," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.
Turk, Roy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.
"Turk, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.
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