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 226-250 of 379 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||S-71624||10-in.||June 1923||My sweetie went away (She didn’t say when, where, why)||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-72294||10-in.||Jan. 1924||Maybe (She'll write me, she'll phone me)||Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-72681||10-in.||July 1924||Morning (Won't you ever come 'round?)||Earl Rickard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-73026||10-in.||12/17/1924||Mandy, make up your mind||Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor||Jazz/dance quintet, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-73027||10-in.||12/17/1924||I'm a little blackbird looking for a bluebird||Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor||Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-73072||10-in.||Jan. 1925||The blues have got me||Earl Rickard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-73151||10-in.||2/4/1925||It's all the same to me||Okeh Syncopators ; Earl Rickard||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-73441||10-in.||June 1925||If I never see you as long as I live (That'll be too soon)||Harry Robinson||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||lyricist|
|OKeh||73519||10-in.||July 1925||I'm gonna Charleston back to Charleston||The Goofus Five||Jazz/dance ensemble||songwriter|
|OKeh||74034||10-in.||Feb. 1926||Gimme a little kiss, will ya, huh?||Billy Jones||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||74145||10-in.||4/25/1926||Gimme a little kiss will "ya" huh?||Jazz Pilots||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||80081||10-in.||8/26/1926||Whadda you say we get together?||OKeh Kut-Ups||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|OKeh||W81011||10-in.||6/14/1927||Just another day wasted away (Waiting for you)||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81117||10-in.||6/28/1927||Are you lonesome to-night?||Gerald Macy ; John Ryan||Male vocal duet, with piano and celeste||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81313||10-in.||9/3/1927||Just another day wasted away||Mark Fisher||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81673||10-in.||10/5/1927||Just another day wasted away||"Spot" Perkins||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81674||10-in.||10/5/1927||Sweet man||"Spot" Perkins||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81828||10-in.||11/16/1927||Are you lonesome tonight?||Sigmund Krumgold||Pipe organ solo, with vibraphone||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81918||10-in.||12/5/1927||There's a rickety rackety shack (By a rickety rackety road)||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400014||10-in.||1/13/1928||After my laughter came tears||Lillian Morton||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400036||10-in.||1/20/1928||After my laughter came tears||Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400609||10-in.||4/11/1928||One night of love||Justin Ring Trio ; Scrappy Lambert||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400618||10-in.||4/17/1929||Well, the Irish and the Germans got together||Jack Richards||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W400740||10-in.||6/4/1928||Evening star (Help me find my man)||Dorsey Brothers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400792||10-in.||6/15/1928||Evening star (Help me find my man)||Lillian Morton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Turk, Roy," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.
Turk, Roy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.
"Turk, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.
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