Joe Young (lyricist)

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Joe Young
Joe Young, the Tatler 1919.png
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. He was born in New York.[1] Young was most active from 1911 through the late-1930s, beginning his career working as a singer and song-plugger for various music publishers.[1] During World War I, he entertained the U.S. troops, touring Europe as a singer.[1]


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

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 efforts[edit]

His last work was the famous standard "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", written with Fred Ahlert in 1935.[1]

Joe Young died in New York.[1] He 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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