American composer and bandleader remembered for his recordings like Hernando's Hideaway and The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane, both released in 1954.
He enrolled at Colombia University to study electrical engineering, but switched his focus to music as a sophomore.
He was the musical director for TV and radio personality Arthur Godfrey from 1946 to 1953.
His wife, Janet, was a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
He founded Cadence Records, which signed artists like Vaughn Meader.