Joseph McCarthy (lyricist)

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Joseph McCarthy
Born (1885-09-27)September 27, 1885
Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died December 18, 1943(1943-12-18) (aged 58)
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Associated acts
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", from the now-forgotten Oh, Look! (1918), starring the Dolly Sisters, 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.

Broadway and film credits[edit]

Music score[edit]


  • 1914 "There's a Little Spark of Love Still Burning" (with Fred Fisher)
  • 1917 "They Go Wild Simply Wild Over Me" (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"

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kenrick, John. "Who's Who in Musicals: Additional Bios XIV – McCarthy, Joseph",, 2004, accessed July 23, 2017