He is a lyricist born in Mansfield,
Ohio. He studied at Ohio
and Columbia University. He initially worked as a journalist,
later becoming a magazine writer and editor and a radio writer and
interviewer. He started to write songs for summer camp shows and nightclubs
before he began collaborating with the composer Charles Strouse. They wrote many songs for musical
theatre and won Tony Awards for Bye Bye Birdie in 1961 and Applause in 1970.
The many songs he worked on include "Put On a Happy
Face", "Golden Boy" , "Lot of Livin'
To Do" and the instantly recognizable title "It's a
Bird...It's A Plane...It's Superman" written for
the original 1966 Broadway production.
He and Charles Strouse recently got together
again to work on the musical Marty
which premiered in
Kevin Spacey Recordings
Once Upon a Time
(Lee Adams/Charles Strouse)