Joseph McCarthy (lyricist)

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Sheet music for Irene

Joseph McCarthy (September 27, 1885 – December 18, 1943) was an American lyricist whose most famous songs include You Made Me Love You, and I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, based upon the haunting melody from the middle section of Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu.

McCarthy, who was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, was a frequent collaborator of composers Harry Tierney (1890–1965) and Fred Fisher (1875–1942). He was the director of ASCAP from 1921 to 1929, and is not to be confused with U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908–57).


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  • 1914 There's a Little Spark of Love Still Burning (with Fred Fisher)
  • 1918 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (from the musical "Oh, Look!")
  • 1919 Alice Blue Gown (waltz from "Irene") (with Harry Tierney)
  • 1930 So This Is London
  • 1930 Under Suspicion
  • 1930 Up the River
  • 1945 Incendiary Blonde

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