Born December 31, 1923, in Lakewood, NJ; died of heart failure, September 13,1994, in New York, NY. Composer and pianist. Siegel was a composer of musical scores for stage productions and special material for such night-club performers as Nancy Walker, Imogene Coca, Gypsy Rose Lee, Stanley Holloway, and Kaye Ballard. He grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and studied at the Julliard School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in school, he became acquainted with the daughter of entertainer Eddie Cantor, a connection thatled to his first professional employment as a pianist by Cantor. Along withlyricist June Carroll, Siegel composed nearly half of the songs featured in the popular Broadway revue New Faces of 1952, including the hit "Love Is a Simple Thing," which is perhaps Siegel's best-known song. Siegel's other creditsas a composer of musical scores include the stage productions Tallulah, TheLast Musical Comedy, and Corkscrews.