His song Game of Love propelled Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders to the top of the charts in 1965.
He attended a program for musical students at the University of North Texas.
His second No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts came almost a decade after his first with You're No Good, which was sung by Linda Ronstadt.
He grew up in El Paso, Texas.
His The Game of Love by The Mindbenders was one of the records Robin Williams played in Good Morning, Vietnam from 1987.