Recorded "A Taste of Honey" with the Tijuana Brass; co-founded A&M Records with partner Jerry Moss.
He served in the United States Army, where he played trumpet at military services.
He achieved five number-one albums on the Billboard charts and received eight Grammy Awards; he also sold 14 platinum albums and 15 gold albums.
He married recording artist Lani Hall in 1974.
His 1979 hit, "Rise," was sampled by Notorious B.I.G. in "Hypnotize" from 1997.
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