Edward Madden

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For the 19th-century New York politician, see Edward M. Madden.

Edward Madden (July 17, 1878 – March 11, 1952) was an American lyricist.

Early life[edit]

Madden was born in New York City and graduated from Fordham University. After graduation, he wrote material for many singers including Fanny Brice and for vaudeville acts. He eventually worked for the Broadway stage.


During his career he worked with Ben Jerome, Dorothy Jardon, Joseph Daly, Gus Edwards, Julian Edwards, Louis Hirsch, Theodore Morse, Percy Wenrich and Jerome Kern.

Madden produced such standards as “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, “On Moonlight Bay”, “Down in Jungle Town”, “Blue Bell”, “Look Out for Jimmy Valentine”, “Aren't You the Wise Ole Owl”, “My Only One”, “What Could Be Sweeter?”, “The World Can't Go ‘Round Without You”, “Red Rose Rag”, “Silver Bell”, “Arra Wanna”, “I've Got a Feelin' for You”, “A Little Boy Called Taps”, "It Takes the Irish to Beat the Dutch" and “I'd Rather Be a Lobster Than a Wise Guy”.

Madden and composer Theodore Morse wrote the American Civil War song "Two Little Boys".

Madden's songs have been included in several films, including Turn Back the Clock, Babes in Arms, Tin Pan Alley, Bullets for O'Hara, Birth of the Blues, Ship Ahoy, On Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

Personal life[edit]

Madden married his colleague, Dorothy Jardon. Son, Edward Madden Jr.


He died in Hollywood, California in March 1952.


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