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. 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 26-50 of 379 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-39936 10-in. 8/4/1927 Nothin' B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-39941 10-in. 8/5/1927 Are you lonesome to-night? Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-40119 10-in. 9/26/1927 Are you lonesome to-night? Jacques Renard Cocoanut Grove Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-40502 10-in. 10/24/1927 There's a rickety rackety shack Vaughn De Leath ; Ed Smalle Female-male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-41087 10-in. 12/1/1927 Otro dia mas, perdido Juan Pulido Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BVE-41510 10-in. 12/27/1927 After my laughter came tears Johnny Marvin ; Ed Smalle Male vocal duet, with saxophone, ukulele, and piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-41520 10-in. 1/5/1928 After my laughter came tears Virginians Orchestra, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor BVE-43566 10-in. 4/16/1928 Well, the Irish and the Germans got together Harry Jans ; Harold Whalen Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-43765 10-in. 5/4/1928 Evening star (Help me find my man) Irving Aaronson ; Commanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor BVE-43766 10-in. 5/4/1928 She's got an awful lot of what I need a lot of now Irving Aaronson ; Commanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus and soloist lyricist  
Victor BVE-47572 10-in. 9/28/1928 Oh! You sweet old whatcha may call it Irving Aaronson ; Commanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus and soloist lyricist  
Victor BVE-47573 10-in. 9/28/1928 I'll get by as long as I have you Irving Aaronson ; Commanders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus and soloist lyricist  
Victor BVE-49488 10-in. 8/2/1929 Marianne Johnny Johnson ; Statler Pennsylvanians ; Bob Treaster Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-49620 10-in. 1/7/1929 I'll get by as long as I have you Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-49624 10-in. 1/8/1929 I'll never ask for more Bob Borger ; George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-49694 10-in. 1/29/1929 I'll never ask for more Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BVE-50918 10-in. 3/6/1929 Mean to me Helen Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-50929 10-in. 3/12/1929 Mean to me Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Ran Weeks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-51601 10-in. 4/2/1929 I'll tell the world (You're all the world to me) Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-51690 10-in. 5/8/1929 To be in love (espesh'lly with you) Jack Smith Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor MVE-51790 16-in. 5/16/1929 My wife Ruth Wheeler ; Jack Wilson Motion picture soundtrack : Comic scene, with piano and dubbed recording lyricist  
Victor BVE-51967 10-in. 5/2/1929 To be in love Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor BVE-53615 10-in. 5/14/1929 Mean to me Napoleon's Emperors Jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BVE-53841 10-in. 6/14/1929 De mal corazón Olga Albani Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-56897 10-in. 2/16/1931 Walkin' my baby back home Parker Gibbs ; Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 26-50 of 379 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Turk, Roy," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.

Turk, Roy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108801.

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