A famous American expat composer. His first musical voyage came during his young years, appearing as a solo pianist at age 12 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO). He came over to London in 1911 at the Alhambra, he was an instant success. He then went on to compose various famous ragtime numbers that London took a liking to. He was getting in good money, however his fastline lifestyle and gambling meant it withered away and he appeared at the Bankruptcy Court. It said that he: "lost £3,500 on cards, and £2,500 on horse racing. He went bankrupt twice. However, his most famous work was with "The Co-Optimists", a famous stage variety venue on the 1920s. He did this by composing most of their songs. This group kickstared the careers of many music hall stars, including Stanley Holloway (1890-1982). His signature move was ending a tune with improvising and having a race with the orchestra playing with him. Due to this, he could pay out most of his awesome debt from years ago. He also tried his hand at being an entertainer at the piano, which gaved him some success and some records. He worked all the way upon his death, appearing on a British Pathetone crooning to his own piano accompaniment in August 1933, just two months after his death. He died in November at the young age of 49 after a surgery in appendicitis left him in critical condition.