Turk Van Lake

Vanig Rupen Hovsepian (June 15, 1918 – September 1, 2002), better known as Turk Van Lake, was an American arranger, composer and jazz guitarist.

Born in Boston, he studied composition at the Boston Conservatory and went on to play with Charlie Barnet, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, and with the Benny Goodman Orchestra.

In the 1950s he wrote for Metronome magazine.

Until his retirement in 1993, he was as an adjunct music professor at the College of Staten Island.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 15th, 1918 (Boston), Died September 1st, 2002 (Staten Island)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62886 12-in. 12/17/1937 I want to be happy-1 Chick Webb Orchestra arranger  
Decca 71460 10-in. 10/20/1943 Strollin' Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71461 10-in. 10/20/1943 The moose Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71462 10-in. 10/20/1943 Pow-wow (Redskin rhumba) Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71463 10-in. 10/20/1943 Sittin' home waitin' for you Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71794 2/23/1944 In there Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71795 10-in. 2/23/1944 Saltin' away my sweet dreams Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71796 10-in. 2/23/1944 Baby won't you please come home Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71797 2/23/1944 The great lie Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71798 10-in. 2/24/1944 My heart isn't in it Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71799 10-in. 2/24/1944 Drop me off in Harlem Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71800 10-in. 2/24/1944 Gulf Coast blues Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 71801 10-in. 2/24/1944 Flat top flip hiss lid Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72450 10-in. 10/17/1944 Into each life some pain must fall Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72451 10-in. 10/17/1944 You always hurt the one you love Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72452 10-in. 10/17/1944 West End blues Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72453 10-in. 10/17/1944 Desert sands Charlie Barnet Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84293 4/8/1953 Cheerful little earful Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84294 4/8/1953 I may be wrong Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84295 4/8/1953 Swinging the Robert A.G. (Waitin' for the R.A.G.) Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84296 4/8/1953 Lollypop Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Van Lake, Turk," accessed March 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210473.

Van Lake, Turk. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210473.

"Van Lake, Turk." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210473

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