Lyricist known for songs Somebody Loves Me and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. He was part of Tin Pan Alley.
He attended Princeton University and was a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers or ASCAP.
He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
He married Elizabeth Chapin.
He collaborated on the song Somebody Loves Me with George Gershwin.