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

Lee Pockriss, who wrote pop hits such as "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" for a youthful post-World War II generation, has died in the U.S. after a long illness. He was 87.
His wife, Sonja Pockriss, confirmed his death. She said Friday he died at home on Monday.
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."
He estimated that he made several million dollars from the song, which was recorded by 16-year-old teen idol Brian Hyland, surged to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in August 1960 and has been a pop culture staple ever since.
The song has been used in such movies as "Sister Act 2" and "Revenge of the Nerds II."
Vance's death was erroneously reported in 2006. A Florida man named Paul Van Valkenburgh who claimed to have written the song under the name Paul Vance had instead died.
Pockriss also worked in musical theater and co-wrote several songs with Paul Vance, including 1957's "Catch a Falling Star."
He also wrote songs for "Sesame Street," including "My Polliwog Ways," sung by Kermit the Frog.