He was his high school's student council president. He and Julio Martinez played in a duo in Sausalito.
He won seven Grammy Awards as a jazz singer. He was the second artist - after Michael Jackson - to ever win Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop and R&B categories.
He married Phyllis Hall in 1964 and, after their divorce in 1968, he remarried Susan Player in 1977.
He performed at The Improv between Bette Midler's comic acts.