Lyricist Joe Goodwin was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 8, 1889.
He began his career as a monologist in vaudeville and a manager and staff writer for various music publishers. During World War I, Goodwin wrote shows for the 81st Wildcats touring with the USO.
He contributed songs for films including the Hollywood Revue and for various London stage revues.
Collaborating with composers Gus Edwards, George Meyer, Lou Alter, Al Piantodosi and Mark Fisher, Goodwin had hits with the singles “That’s How I Need You”, “Billy”, “When I Get You Alone Tonight”, “When You Play in the Game of Love”, “Baby Shoes”, “Liberty Bell It’s Time to Ring Again”, “Gee, But I Hate to Go Home Alone”, “I’m Knee Deep in Daisies”, “When You’re Smiling”, “They’re Wearing ’em Higher in Hawaii”, “Everywhere You Go” and “ Breeze.”
Joe Goodwin died in the Bronx, NY on July 31, 1943.