Eddie Maxwell, longtime comedy writer and lyricist during Hollywood’s golden age, died Nov. 21 of natural causes in Studio City. He was 87.

During his career, he wrote gags for such notables as the Ritz Brothers, Abbott & Costello and Spike Jones.

Born in Detroit, he eventually came to Hollywood and penned radio scripts and lyrics for films including “Rose of the Rio Grande” and “Melody Ranch.” He became a member of ASCAP in 1942 and served in the Armed Forces during WWII.

Maxwell wrote the lyrics to several novelty hits, including “Pico and Sepulveda” and “Yodeling up the Canyon of Love.”

He is survived by his wife, Eve Whitney; two daughters; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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