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 201-225 of 379 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W151787 10-in. 9/15/1931 I don't know why Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W151797 10-in. 9/18/1931 I don't know why The Radiolites Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151805 10-in. 9/21/1931 Can't you see (How I love you?) Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151881 10-in. 11/17/1931 Where the blue of the night meets the gold of the day The Knickerbockers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152000 10-in. 11/2/1931 Why dance? Jack Burnett Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W152122 10-in. 3/1/1932 Love, you funny thing! Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Columbia W152205 10-in. 6/7/1932 (I'm still without a sweetheart) With summer coming on Harlan Lattimore Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Columbia W351058 10-in. 7/3/1931 Why dance? Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W351102 10-in. 9/17/1931 Can't you see (How I love you?) Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W351128 10-in. 11/10/1931 Where the blue of the night (Meets the gold of the day) Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh S-7285 10-in. Feb. 1920 Oh how I laugh when I think how I cried about you Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 9529 10-in. 2/25/1926 It's all the same to me Robinson & Mack Female-male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
OKeh 9573 10-in. Mar. 1926 Sweet man Lillie Delk Christian ; Johnny St. Cyr Female vocal solo, with banjo lyricist  
OKeh S-70102 10-in. Aug. 1921 Sweet man o' mine Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70111 10-in. 8/23/1921 Mamma whip! Mamma spank! (If her daddy don't come home) Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
OKeh S-70122 10-in. Aug. 1921 A-wearin' away the blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70736 10-in. July 1922 Just because you're you (That's why I love you) Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70834 10-in. Sept. 1922 I'll be in my Dixie home again tomorrow Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70862 10-in. 9/25/1922 The Broadway strut George Kelly ; The Original Six Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70981 10-in. Nov. 1922 I'll be in my Dixie home again to-morrow Crescent Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-71207 10-in. Jan. 1923 Aggravatin' papa Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-71322 10-in. Feb. 1923 Aggravatin' papa (Don't you try to two-time me) Esther Bigeou ; Ricketts' Stars Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-71327 10-in. Mar. 1923 Aggravatin' papa Blue Ribbon Trio Instrumental trio songwriter  
OKeh S-71330 10-in. Mar. 1923 Beale Street mama Esther Bigeou ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh S-71353 10-in. Mar. 1923 Aggravatin' papa (Don't you try to two-time me) Rega Orchestra ; Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
(Results 201-225 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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