In 1962, he wrote the pop song “Palisades Park,” which was a tribute to New Jersey’s amusement park.
The song was recorded by Freddy Cannon, reaching No 3 in the Billboard charts, becoming Barris’ biggest hit song.
Barris later released follow-ups, in 1993, with , Mr. Barris, whose first two marriages ended in divorce, is survived by his wife, Mary. Barris’ name can be made to the New York Police Foundation in lieu of flowers.
Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series.
Barris got in front of the camera for "The Gong Show," which aired for two seasons starting in 1976 and was revived for one season in 1988.