Most widely known for composing the music When Irish Eye Are Smiling in 1912 despite the fact that he had not been of Irish history. He researched music in the Cleveland Conservatory. He was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Popularity in 1970. His existence was dramatized in Irish Eye Are Smiling from 1944, starring Dick Haymes and June Haver. His music When Irish Eye Are Smiling was included in Bing Crosby.