Pop singer and composer of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" in 1962. He has had nine #1 hits like "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain."
His mother worked a part time job to pay for the family's first piano. He attended the Juilliard School of Music's Preparatory Division for Children.
His career has spanned more than fifty years and he's written with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.
He married Leba Strassberg on September 11, 1962 and they had two children together.
His hit "Ring-a-Rockin'" earned him the first of many appearances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.