Richard Alder, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist behind “The Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees” and Marilyn Monroe‘s seductive “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” song during President John F. Kennedy‘s 1962 birthday celebration, has died. He was 90.
The Songwriters Hall of Famer’s biggest hits include “You Gotta Have Heart,” “Hey, There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Steam Heat,” “Rags to Riches” and “Everybody Loves a Lover.”
Among his other credits, Adler co-wrote the music and lyrics for Doris Day‘s “Pajama Game,” the film adapted from his Tony-winning play, and composed symphonies and ballets for the Chicago City ballet.
In addition to JFK’s birthday celebration featuring Monroe’s iconic performance, Adler also staged and produced several other shows for U.S. presidents.
According to his widow, Susan A. Ivory, he passed away Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He is also survived by his three children, Andrew Adler, Katherine Adler and Charles Shipman, and two grandchildren.