Richard Adler, the composer and lyricist who won Tony Awards for co-writing songs for such hit Broadway musicals such as The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, died at his Southampton, N.Y. home Thursday, his wife confirmed. He was 90.
His wife, Susan A. Ivory gave no cause for his death.
Adler produced President John F. Kennedy's birthday celebration, which featured the beautiful Marilyn Monroe. Among his huge hits are You Gotta Have Heart, Hey, There, Whatever Lola Wants, Hernando's Hideaway, Everybody Loves a Lover, Steam Heat, and Rags to Riches.
His Broadway productions include The Sin of Pat Muldoon and the musical Rex.
Adler, a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, survived by his wife along with his children, Andrew Adler, Katherine Adler and Charles Shipman, and two grandchildren.