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 51-75 of 379 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-58108 10-in. 12/14/1929 Navy blues Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus lyricist  
Victor BS-58996 10-in. 9/2/1932 Always in my heart (Forever on my mind) Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-59663 10-in. 4/2/1930 Free and easy High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-59664 10-in. 4/2/1930 It must be you High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-62204 10-in. 4/24/1930 Into my heart Frank Munn ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-62669 10-in. 7/1/1930 You never did that before Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-67411 10-in. 1/22/1931 We're friends again Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-67466 10-in. 2/22/1931 Walkin' my baby back home Maurice Chevalier Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BVE-67545 10-in. 9/23/1931 I don't know why (I just do) Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Victor PBVE-68398 10-in. 10/29/1932 Cannot tell you why Ray Hendricks ; Jimmie Grier Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-69022 10-in. 5/8/1931 Walkin' my baby back home Washboard Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-70116 10-in. 7/6/1931 Why dance? Ted Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-70130 10-in. 7/25/1931 Why dance? Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-70210 10-in. 9/3/1931 I don't know why (I just do) Russ Columbo Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BVE-70612 10-in. 10/4/1931 Can't you see (How I love you?) Mildred Bailey ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-70955 10-in. 11/18/1931 Where the blue of the night (Meets the gold of the day) Russ Columbo Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BRC-70979 10-in. 12/17/1931 I don't know why Gus Haston ; Walter Brown Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-70997 10-in. 12/22/1931 Yo no sé por qué Virgilio Raben Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BRC-71203 10-in. 12/22/1931 Where the blue of the night Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus songwriter  
Victor BRC-71209 10-in. 12/29/1931 Honest! Really! Truly! Clare Hanlon ; Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-71244 10-in. 1/18/1932 That's living! Clare Hanlon ; Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-71914 10-in. 3/4/1932 Love, you funny thing! Fran Frey ; George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BSHQ-71940 10-in. 3/10/1932 Say that you were teasing me Baby Rose Marie Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BRC-72555 10-in. 5/9/1932 Why can't this go on forever Jack Denny ; Frank Luther ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-72556 10-in. 5/9/1932 Why can't this go on forever Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 51-75 of 379 records)

Citation

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.

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