Alto saxophonist with Bill Black's Combo as well as a solo player. He was nicknamed The Godfather of Sax.
He took up the saxophone at age ten and played in the school band with much older students.
He was inducted into both the Rock and Soul Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000.
He got married shortly after dropping out of Memphis State University.
He is an influential saxophonist like Lester Young.