Composer, songwriter ("I Love Coffee I Love Tea", author, publisher and
advertising executive, educated at Cleveland Prep. He originated the
"March of Dimes" and "Command Performance" (Armed Forces Radio Service)
radio series, and in World War II served as a sergeant in the US Army
and a lieutenant in Germany. He was the president of an advertising
agency and a member of the OBE (military division), the Screen Writers'
Guild, and the British-American Fellowship. Joining ASCAP in 1940, his
chief musical collaborators included Henry Russell, Walter Schumann,
Johnny Lange and Lew Porter, and his other popular-song compositions
include "Junior Miss", "Halls of Ivy", "Drink, Drink, Drink", "Tom,
Tom, the Piper's Son", "Are You Listenin', Joe?", "Melancholy Mood", "I
Walk Alone", "The Only Thing I Want for Christmas", "A Moment in
Sorrento", "Send Me", and "Vict'ry Train".