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||February 6, 1990
||January 26, 1913
||Cause of Death:
||Syracuse, New York, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Began writing songs while in high school; placed several songs in Cotton Club revues through friendship with Jerry Arlen, Harold Arlen's older brother; renamed himself after Van Heusen shirt company
Worked as staff pianist for several NY music publishing houses
First successful song, "Darn That Dream"
Teamed with lyricist Johnny Burke to write for Paramount; first score was "Love Thy Neighbor"
Began collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn
Co-wrote (with Cahn) two unsuccessful Broadway musicals, "Skyscraper" and "Walking Happy"