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 101-125 of 379 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-073480||10-in.||3/25/1942||Mean to me||Vera Barton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-Test-622||10-in.||3/4/1929||I'll never ask for more||Irene Delroy||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-Test-651||10-in.||6/18/1929||Mean to me||Winnie Lightner||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||78301||10-in.||2/15/1919||Heart of humanity||Hugh Donovan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78735||10-in.||10/12/1919||Oh! How I laugh when I think that I cried over you||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79600||10-in.||12/22/1920||You oughta see my baby||Benny Davis||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79918||10-in.||6/28/1921||He took it away from me||Southern Quartet [i.e., Southern Negro Quartette]||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||songwriter|
|Columbia||80350||10-in.||5/15/1922||Fickle Flo (from Kokomo)||Marion Harris||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80370||10-in.||6/5/1922||Just because you're you, that's why I love you||Eddie Elkins' Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80432||10-in.||6/29/1922||Just because you're you, that's why I love you||Garber-Davis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80493||10-in.||8/3/1922||If you don't think so you're crazy||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80527||10-in.||8/14/1922||Sweet man o' mine||Dolly Kay||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80548||10-in.||9/16/1922||To-morrow||Ted Lewis Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80550||10-in.||9/18/1922||To-morrow||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80642||10-in.||11/2/1922||If you don't think so you're crazy||Garber-Davis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80773||10-in.||1/5/1923||Aggravatin' papa (Don't you try to two-time me)||Frank Westphal Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80808||10-in.||1/27/1923||Aggravatin' papa||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80813||10-in.||1/29/1923||Aggravatin' papa||Dolly Kay||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80949||10-in.||4/11/1923||Aggravatin' papa||Down Home Trio ; Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Columbia||80950||10-in.||4/11/1923||Beale Street mamma||Down Home Trio ; Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio||lyricist|
|Columbia||81046||10-in.||5/30/1923||Two time Dan||Frank Westphal Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||81129||10-in.||7/12/1923||My sweetie went away||California Ramblers||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||81138||10-in.||7/16/1923||My sweetie went away||Dolly Kay ; Phil Phillips||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||81232||10-in.||9/24/1923||Sam Jones' blues||Irving Johns ; Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||81245||10-in.||9/27/1923||My sweetie went away||Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano||songwriter|
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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