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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.
Roy Kenneth Turk
September 20, 1892
|Died||November 30, 1934 (aged 42)|
|Occupation||Songwriter and lyricist|
|Style||Traditional pop, cast recordings, show tunes, vaudeville, vocal music|
Among his compositions (with music by Fred Ahlert unless otherwise noted):
- 1923 - "My Sweetie Went Away" (music by Lou Handman)
- 1927 - "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (music by Lou Handman) popularized in 1960 by Elvis Presley
- 1928 - "I'll Get By (as Long as I Have You)"
- 1928 - "Mean to Me"
- 1931 - "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)"
- 1931 - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"
- 1931 - "Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)" for Bing Crosby
- 1932 - "Love, You Funny Thing!"
- 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 songwriters, 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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