Composer and songwriter best known for the songs Gone with the Wind and Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, which was the winner of the 1947 Oscar for Best Song.
He was a saxophone and clarinet player for many famous swing bands.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
He married Wanda Wood.
He was close friends with James Cagney, and they were roommates at Columbia University.