Wrote and co-wrote numerous songs including Last Dance, It's Raining Men, and No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).
He was born in Brooklyn and was in the original cast of the musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar.
He starred in the 1981 movie Honky Tonk Freeway.
His cousin was Jad Azkoul, a musician.
He wrote Last Dance, which became a hit song for Donna Summer.