Gospel and R&B singer of Let's Stay Together in 1972.
He was pulled out of his first band by his abusive father for listening to Jackie Wilson.
He is known to be one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music, as noted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He got married to Shirley Kyles on June 17, 1977 and they had three children together.
He was in the movie On the Line with Backstreet Boy, Lance Bass.