Born in New York City, Hilliard began working as a lyricist for Tin Pan Alley after finishing school. He had his first huge hit with "The Coffee Song" at the age of 28. He also wrote successful scores for both Angel in the Wings and Hazel Flagg. Hilliard eventually contributed to films, such as Stop, Your Killing Me, She Back On Broadway, Living It Up, and With Six You Get Eggroll
Joining ASCAP in 1950, his chief musical collaborators included Carl Sigman, Jule Styne, Mort Garson, Sammy Mysels, Dick Sanford, Milton Delugg, and Philip Springer. Many of his songwriting credits include "You Make Me Think About You", "That's What I Like", "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "Any Day Now", "Dear Hearts and Gentle People", "Our Day Will Come", "Please Stay", "My Little Corner of the World", "Tower of Strength", "Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)", "Everybody Loves to Take a Bow", "Song and Dance Man", "Ev'ry Street's a Boulevard in Old New York", "Mention My Name in Sheboygan", and "Bouquet of Roses".
Hilliard also co-wrote the screenplay for the film The Godmothers as well as an episode of The Dom DeLuise Show.
Hilliard died of a heart attack at his Hollywood home on February 1, 1971. He was survived by his wife, Jacqueline Dalya. In 1983, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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"In a World of My Own
"The Caucus Race"
"The Walrus and the Carpenter"
"All in the Golden Afternoon"
"Very Good Advice"
"Painting the Roses Red"