Frontman for the American rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears who sang "Spinning Wheel" in 1968.
He spent time in juvenile hall, but fell in love with music at an early age because of his mother. During one of his stints in jail, someone left a guitar behind and he began to play.
His debut album with Blood, Sweat & Tears won five Grammy Awards.
He was born to parents Fred Thomsett, a Canadian soldier, and Freda, a British music student.
When he was with Blood, Sweat & Tears they did a hit cover of Carole King's "Hi-De-Ho."