American rhythm and blues singer known for his work with The Drifters, a doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group.
The Drifters had their first hit with the 1953 single "Money Honey."
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Drifters in 1988.
He was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia.
He performed alongside Clyde McPhatter in The Drifters.