Award-winning songwriter (“Stardust”, “Ole Buttermilk Sky”, “Georgia on My Mind”), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief musical collaborators included Mitchell Parish, Stuart Gorrell, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Lerner, Stanley Adams, Edward Heyman, Paul Francis Webster, Jack Brooks, Ned Washington, and Jo Trent.

His autobiographies are “The Stardust Road” and “Sometimes I Wonder”. His other popular-song compositions include “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (Academy Award, 1951), “Washboard Blues”, “Riverboat Shuffle”, “Little Old Lady”, “Lazybones”, “Rockin’ Chair”, “One Morning in May”, “Snowball”, “Lazy River”, “Thanksgivin'”, “Judy”, “Moonburn”, , “Small Fry”, “Ooh, What You Said”, “The Rhumba Jumps”, “Two Sleepy People”, “Heart and Soul”, “Skylark”, “The Nearness of You”, “When Love Walks By”, “Daybreak”, “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief”, “Ivy”, “Memphis in June”, “Hong Kong Blues”, “I Get Along Without You Very Well”, “Blue Orchids”, “The Old Music Master”, “How Little We Know”, “The Lamplighter’s Serenade”, “I Walk With Music”, “Come Easy Go Easy Love”, “Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind”, “I Should Have Known You Years Ago”, “Baltimore Oriole”, “Rogue River Valley”, “Who Killed ‘Er (Who Killed the Black Widder?)”, “Moon Country”, “When Love Goes Wrong”, “Mediterranean Love”, “Music, Always Music”, “There Goes Another Pal of Mine”, “Just For Tonight” and “My Resistance is Low”.