Joe Young (lyricist)

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Joe Young
Background information
Born(1889-07-04)July 4, 1889
New York City, United States
DiedApril 21, 1939(1939-04-21) (aged 49)
New York City, United States
Years active1911–1930s

Joe Young (July 4, 1889 – April 21, 1939)[1] was an American lyricist, born in New York.[1] In 1911, he began his career as a singer and song-plugger for various music publishers.[1] During World War I, he entertained U.S. troops and sang across Europe.[1]

Early work[edit]

An early work is the song "Way Down East" (1910), with words by Cecil Mack, music by Young and Harold Norman, published by Gotham-Attucks Music Publishing Company.[citation needed]

The Laugh Parade[edit]

For the 1931 Broadway show The Laugh Parade, Young collaborated with co-lyricist Mort Dixon and composer Harry Warren on "You're My Everything".[1] The show also included:

  • "Ooh! That Kiss"[1]
  • "Love Me Forever"[1]
  • "That Torch Song"[1]

Later work[edit]

Young's last work was the pop standard "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", written with Fred Ahlert in 1935.[1] He died in New York in 1939[1] and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2756. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.

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