Singer-songwriter most famous for his time as a member of the band The Crickets in the late 50's and early 60's. He later became an actor in films like "Girl From Tobacco Row."
He performed alongside Bob Wills at age twelve before premiering as a solo artist in 1957.
He went by a variety of pseudonyms over the course of career in showbusiness, including Sinks Mitchell, Snake Richards and Earl Richards.
He has a son named Brandon Earl Sinks, who is also a musician.
He replaced Buddy Holly as a member of The Crickets.