Versatile award-winning pianist and pops conductor whose first album in 1961 won him a Best New Artist Grammy.
He won a scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music where he earned the respect of his peers and teachers. He performed George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue the first time he appeared on national television.
His daughter, Beverly Nero, also became an acclaimed musician.
His teacher and mentor at Juilliard, Constance Keene, said that Vladimir Horowitz was his biggest fan.