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Multifaceted musician and actor credited with writing hits for artists such as Ricky Nelson and Dolly Parton.
He began his entertainment career with the band Resolutions in 1962.
He appeared in Ride with the Wind and Blind Date in supporting roles.
He married Pamela Stephenson after ending a common-law marriage to actress Rosalee Mayeux.
He wrote the theme song for the television series Empty Nest, which starred Dinah Manoff.