African American country singer who is responsible for over thirty #1 singles, including "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)" and "I'm Just Me."
He was a pitcher for the New York Yankees' minor league team. He started playing guitar when he was a teenager.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
He had three children with his wife Rozene Cohran, whom he married in 1956.
He was one of RCA's most successful acts after Elvis Presley .