Versatile performer as a composer, orchestrator, songwriter and television writer whose breakthrough came in 1964 with the Broadway musical Baker Street, working alongside lifelong songwriting partner Marian Grudeff. He was a story editor for The Love Boat from 1977 to 1980 and wrote and produced The Jacksons.
He moved to Canada with his family when he was 26 years old after obtaining a degree in music from the University of Wales.
At the age of 84, long after retiring, he auditioned to be on the 9th season of America's Got Talent as a comedy singer and pianist.
He wrote several songs with the help of his wife Cynthia Thompson.