Friend of Elvis Presley who was a part of Elvis's Memphis Mafia and who himself was a singer, guitarist, and vocal coach.
The first group he performed with was a gospel quartet known as The Path Finders starting when he was 17 years-old.
He was included in the "in memoriam" photos of significant rock and roll musicians at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was married to Jennifer Hodge.
He was portrayed in the CBS miniseries Elvis which featured Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role.