Pockriss, writer of 'Itsy Bitsy' bikini song, dies

November 18, 2011 (HARTFORD, Conn.) His wife, Sonja Pockriss, confirmed his death. She says he died at home in Bridgewater on Monday.

Pockriss, who also worked in musical theater, co-wrote several songs with Paul Vance, including 1957's "Catch a Falling Star."

In a 2006 interview, Vance called "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" -- about a shy young woman in a skimpy bathing suit -- a "money machine."

The New York Times says (http://nyti.ms/vJCoN0 ) Lee Julian Pockriss was born on Jan. 20, 1924, in Brooklyn. He served during World War II as a cryptographer in the South Pacific.

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