Singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1950s and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
He sang with the gospel groups The Jerusalem Stars and The Golden Gate Quartet.
In 1970, he staged a comeback by releasing the hit song "Rainy Night in Georgia."
His father, Willy Peay, was a choir master at a Methodist church in Camden and taught him how to write songs.
He has written songs for legendary singers such as Nat King Cole.