Tin Pan Alley songwriter, author and lyricist

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Howard Johnson

Inductee
Born/Died
Inducted

Wrote over 159 songs including "We All Scream for Ice Cream"

Lyricist Howard Johnson was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on June 2, 1887. After private music study, Johnson began his career as a pianist in Boston stage and film theatres. In 1914, he joined the United States Navy and served during World War I.

After the war, Johnson moved to New York City where he worked as a staff writer for publishing companies on Tin Pan Alley. He began collaborating with lyricists and composers such as Milton Ager, Walter Donaldson, George Meyer, Joe Meyer, Joe Davis, Percy Wenrich, James Kendis, Harry M. Woods, James Brockman, Archie Gottler and W. Edward Breuder.

One of the most prolific songwriters of popular standards, Johnson produced such hits as “Ireland Must Be Heaven For My Mother Came From There”, “Sweet Lady”, “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream”, “What Do You Want to Make Those yes at Me For?”, “M-O-T-H-E-R”, “What Do We Do on a Dew Dew Dewy Day”, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”, “Where Do We Go From Here, Boys?”, “Bring Back My Daddy to Me”, “There’s a Broken Heart for Every Light on Broadway”, “I Don’t Want to Get Well”, “Siam”, “Georgia”, “A Word that Means the World to Me”, “Feather Your Next”, “Love Me or Leave Me Alone” and “Am I Wasting My Time on You?”.

Howard Johnson died in New York City on May 1, 1941.

Charter member of ASCAP in 1917

Links

Acknowledgements

Biography & Discography:

ASCAP Ace Database (www.ascap.com)

ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, 3rd Edition. Copyright 1966.

Pop Memories: 1890-1954
Whitburn, Joel.
Record Research, Inc. Copyright 1986.


Material and Memorabilia:

All material in the Howard Johnson exhibit is courtesy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame archives.