He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and died in New York, New York.
Songwriter ("I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream"), author and lyricist, educated in high school and in private music study. He was a pianist in Boston theatres, and then a staff writer for a New York publishing company. During World War I, he served in the United States Navy. Joining ASCAP in 1917, his chief musical collaborators included Miltor Ager, Walter Donaldson, Fred Fisher, George Meyer, Joseph Meyer, Jimmy Monaco, Al Sherman, Harry Warren, Percy Wenrich, Harry M. Woods, David Brockman, James Kendis, Archie Gottler, and W. Edward Breuder, and his other popular-song compositions included "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain", "M-O-T-H-E-R", "Ireland Must Be Heaven, for My Mother Came from There", "Sweet Lady", "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?", "(What Do You Do On A) Dew-Dew-Dewy Day", "Bring Back My Daddy to Me", "Where Do We Go From Here, Boys?", "There's a Broken Heart for Every Light on Broadway", "I Don't Want to Get Well", "Siam", "Georgia", "A Word That Means the World to Me", "Lindbergh (The Eagle Of The U.S.A.), "Feather Your Nest", "Love Me or Leave Me Alone" and "Am I Wasting My Time on You?"