Younger brother of jazz legend Wes Montgomery who was a prominent pianist and vibraphonist in his own right.
His early professional gigs were with Big Big Joe Turner and Slide Hampton in 1949.
He and his other brother, Monk Montgomery, formed Mastersounds in the latter part of the 1950s. They then joined their brother for a series of recordings as the Montgomery Brothers during the 1960s.
He was married twice and had two children.
He collaborated with Miles Davis in 1960.