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|
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.
"Turk, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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