Composer of Manhattan Tower, P.S. I Love You, Goodbye, and When a Woman Loves a Man. He was covered by many recording legends.
He started out doing arrangements for a St. Louis radio station.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.
He married Beverly Mahr after divorcing Nancy Harkey in 1946.
He worked with Louis Armstrong and was recorded by Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.