Lyricist known for Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, April in Paris, It's Only a Paper Moon, and numerous other songs.
He graduated from City College.
He, along with composer Harold Arlen, won an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song for The Wizard of Oz in 1940.
He was the son of Lewis Hochberg and Mary Ricing.
He became close friends with Ira Gershwin.