John Turner (lyricist)

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John Turner
Birth nameJames John Turner Phillips
Born (1932-07-07) July 7, 1932 (age 89)
Occupation(s)Lyricist, company manager
Associated actsGeoffrey Parsons

James John Turner Phillips (born 7 July 1932) is an English lyricist who used the pen name John Turner.


He ran the Peter Maurice Music Company, whose most important lyricist was Geoffrey Parsons. The company specialized in adapting songs originally in foreign languages into the English language. He would usually assign a song to Parsons and when the latter was finished, suggest some changes. The credits for the English lyrics would then be given as "John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons".

The words of "Smile" to the music of Charlie Chaplin, was written at the Peter Maurice Music Company office on Denmark Street, London in 1954.[1]

Lyrics credited to Turner and Parsons[edit]

Lyrics credited to Turner, Parsons, and another collaborator[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Mick (27 September 2015). "Denmark Street's Rich Legacy". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ Tyler, Don (2008). Music of the Postwar Era. ABC-CLIO. p. 34. ISBN 9780313341915. Retrieved 29 May 2012.