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|
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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