Roy Turk

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Roy Turk
Born Roy Kenneth Turk
(1892-09-20)September 20, 1892
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 30, 1934(1934-11-30) (aged 42)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Songwriter and lyricist
Years active 1920s–1930s
Style Traditional pop, cast recordings, show tunes, vaudeville, vocal music

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.

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Among his compositions (with music by Fred Ahlert unless otherwise noted):

He also worked with composers such as Harry Akst, George Meyer, Charles Tobias, Arthur Johnston, Maceo Pinkard, and J. Russell Robinson.

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General references

  • The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, Third edition, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, New York (1966)
  • ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, Fourth edition, compiled for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, by Jaques Cattell Press, R.R. Bowker, New York (1980)
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950, Three volumes, by Roger D. Kinkle, Arlington House Publishers, New Rochelle, New York (1974)
  • Songwriters. A biographical dictionary with discographies, by Nigel Harrison, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, North Carolina (1998)
  • Sweet and Lowdown. America's popular song writers, by Warren Craig, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, New Jersey (1978), Biographies appear in the 'After Tin Pan Alley' section, beginning on page 91
  • American Popular Songs. From the Revolutionary War to the present, edited by David Ewen, Random House, New York (1966)

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