Songwriter PAUL VANCE has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 68. Vance, best known for co-writing the 1960 novelty song ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI, passed away on 6 September (06) at his home in Ormand Beach, Florida. The star never benefitted from the song's subsequent international success, which saw it used in films and TV commercials, as he sold the rights early on. Vance - real name PAUL VAN VALKENBURGH - leaves behind a wife of 32 years, ROSE LEROUX.