He studied music at Chapman College, San Francisco State University, the University of Southern California, and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.
He wrote and recorded the music for Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" from 1955.
His family started him on musical lessons while he was young, first with the accordion then the piano. His son David Paich also became a popular musical composer.
He won an Emmy for his work on "Ironside," the long-running TV series starring Raymond Burr.