Singer, composer, and songwriter who released the hit "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and won three Grammy Awards.
He had a squeaky voice that deepened during adolescence, so much so that his mother cried tears of joy at her son's maturation.
Allmusic.com credits him with being the first singer to play disco music before the 1970s disco era.
He married Betty Smith on November 18, 1962. After their divorce in 1965, he married Glodean White on July 4, 1974.