- During college, he sang in coffee houses to earn tuition money.
- Worked for General Motors for six months after graduating college.
- Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and was stationed in Korea.
- Wrote jingles for Kool-Aid, Trident chewing gum, Coors beer and M&Ms.
- Made his Broadway debut in the musical Shenandoah in 1975.
- Appeared in the Broadway musical Angel in 1978, opposite Fred Gwynne; it closed after only five performances.
- Wrote the theme song to Lucille Ball's 1986 sitcom Life With Lucy.
- Was inducted to his high school's Hall of Fame in 2004.