He is a lyricist born in New York. Working with other songwriters such
as Mark Barkan, Artie Wayne and Sherman Edwards he has written many well
known songs such as "Tell Laura I Love Her" sung by Ray Peterson, "Wonderful,
Wonderful" sung by Johnny Mathis, "How Would You Like To Be" sung by Elvis
Presley, "Do The Blue Beat (The Jamaican Ska)" by Ray Rivera, "That's The Way
Boys Are" by Leslie Gore, "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)"
by Dinah Shore, "Leave The
Cryin' To Me" by Christopher Robbins, "Baby, I Miss You", "That Ain't Right"
and "It's Getting Harder All the Time" and his Grammy Award winning "Love
Is a Hurtin' Thing" sung by Lou Rawls. His work has also been heard in the movies and on TV and
features on at least 15 films and TV series. These include the movies Chances Are, To Sir
With Love, The Blue Dahlia and Dreamcatcher and TV series such
as The Monkees. Perhaps
his most famous contribution to the screen is his song "Scooby Doo, Where
Are You?" which is known by kids and adults alike the world over. His songs have appeared on many
albums including Scooby Doo Snack Tracks: The Ultimate Collection, More
of The Monkees, The Best From Lou Rawls, Here's The Answer by Skeeter
Davis, It's My Party! by
Lesley Gore, 16 Most Requested Songs by Johnny Mathis and The
Best of Dinah Shore. His
tragic death occurred when the robe he was wearing caught fire in his
kitchen in Hollywood, California, when he was 83 years old.
Cryin' to Me (Mark Barkan/Ben Raleigh)