Known for I'm Sitting on Top of the World and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, his last piece.
He started as a singer and songplugger for music publishing firms in New York.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
He was raised in New York City and later married wife Ruth.
His song I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, which was written with Fred Ahlert in 1935, was recorded by many artists, including Frank Sinatra.