Known for collaborations with lyricist Jerry Leiber about Hound Puppy, Jailhouse Rock and roll, On Broadway, and several other tunes. He performed the piano when he was more youthful. He fulfilled Leiber while he was a freshman at LA City University and Leiber was a older at Fairfax Large. He and Leiber had been inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Popularity in 1985 as well as the Stone Hall of Popularity in 1987. He wedded Corky Hale. He and Leiber experienced a profound impact on Phil Spector who discovered from them the energy of surrounding performers with highly advanced production values.