Joseph Meyer's early career alternated the retail business, violin-playing and songwriting.
He wrote with many lyricists, of whom some of the more famous were : Harry Ruby, Buddy de Sylva, Billy Rose, Al Dubin, Yip Harburg, Frank Loesser and Irving Caesar
His most famous song successes were :
California, Here I Come (De Sylva)
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley (MacDonald
and Billy Rose)
If You Knew Susie (De Sylva)
And in 1945 he wrote a song called Sergeant
Housewife with Dorothy Fields.