Musician, composer, record producer, and pivotal figure on the New Orleans R&B scene. He was covered by numerous other musicians.
He once played with Earl King's band when he was only 17 as a substitute for Huey Smith.
He was inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.
He grew up in the Get Down neighborhood of New Orleans in a shotgun house. His mother was known for hosting numerous musicians.
His song "Ruler of My Heart" was covered as "Pain in My Heart" by Otis Redding.