Musician. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he was a composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as being an accomplished concert pianist. In the early 1900s, he toured throughout Europe and the United States, finally moving to New York City where he began contributing his compositions to stage productions in 1912. In 1934, he moved to Hollywood to work on film musicals to include "The Vagabond King" "The Lottery Bride", "Bachelor Bait", "The Return of Chandu", "One Frightened Night", "Sunset of Power" and many more. He also collaborated with many great lyricists of the time producing hit songs such as "Giannina Mia", "Love Is Like a Firefly", "In Love With Love", "Somewhere in My Heart", "Song of the Vagabonds" and "Indian Love Call". He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 and died in Hollywood, California, a year later.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith