Lowe, whose hit The Green Door reached number one in the U.S. and number eight in the U.K. before he embarked on a five decade career as a DJ, passed away on Monday (12Dec16).

He died at his home on Long Island, New York, after a long illness, his cousin Jane Brite confirmed to The New York Times.

The Green Door replaced Elvis Presley's song Love Me Tender at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1956, and later went on to reach the top of the British charts when revivalist crooner Shakin' Stevens released his own version in 1981.

Another notable track, which Lowe wrote, was Gambler's Guitar, a top ten hit for country singer Rusty Draper in 1953.

Nicknamed Mr. Broadway for his encyclopedic knowledge of music and musical theatre, he often appeared on the NBC's Monitor radio show, which aired from 1955 to 1975.

Despite being a native of Springfield, Missouri, he was perhaps most popular as a Manhattan radio host, presenting his program Jim Lowe's New York for many years from 1964.

Over the course of his singing career, which lasted until the 1960s, he also had a number of hits in the country charts.