HARTFORD, Conn.—Lee Pockriss, who wrote pop hits such as "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" for an eager and youthful post-World War II generation has died after a long illness at his home in Bridgewater. He was 87.
His widow, Sonja Pockriss, on Friday confirmed his death.
Pockriss, who also worked in musical theater, co-wrote with Paul Vance in 1957 the ballad "Catch a Falling Star."
In a 2006 interview, Vance said "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" -- about a shy young woman in a skimpy bathing suit -- was a "money machine."
The New York Times reports ( http://nyti.ms/vJCoN0) that Lee Julian Pockriss was born on Jan. 20, 1924, in Brooklyn. He served in the Army Air Force in World War II as a cryptographer in the South Pacific.