Lyricist known for songs such as I Didn't Know About You and Don't Get Around Much Anymore. He wrote with Quincy Jones.
He attended Washington University in St. Louis. He was roommates with future novelist Sidney Sheldon.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
He was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and married Hannah. His brother-in-law was Bud Green.
He wrote Babalu, which became Ricky Ricardo's signature song on the classic sitcom I Love Lucy starring Desi Arnaz as the Cuban bandleader.