Canadian-American country singer and songwriter who was a member of Sons of the Pioneers. He composed a lot of country and western standards.
He became a U.S. Army officer before moving to Los Angeles and working as a lifeguard in 1929. He answered an advertisement looking for a yodeler in 1931.
He won two 2005 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame awards for his songs "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water."
He married Tennie Pearl Fields in 1928 and together they had a daughter named Roberta Irene.
He was in Sons of the Pioneers with Roy Rogers.