Versatile musician and singer who became chiefly known as a member of the rock band The Velvet Underground from 1968 until the band retired in 1973. Though he didn't return for their 1993 revival, he worked with Lou Reed on Reed's solo album and worked as a session musician for numerous other artists.
In his youth, he studied piano and the baritone horn before going on to learn the violin, tuba, guitar, and banjo. He also sung as a member of his church choir. Not long before joining The Velvet Underground, he studied acting at Boston University.
In 2007, he performed regularly as a member of the old-time band RedDog.
He grew up in Great Neck, New York with five sisters and one younger brother. He eventually settled with his partner, Beth, in Seattle, Washington. He has one son, Dan.
In 1995, he penned a eulogy in honor of his former Velvet Underground bandmate Sterling Morrison.