Rock 'n' roll pioneer whose rockabilly songs like "C'mon Everybody," "Somethin' Else," and "Summertime Blues."
He learned to play guitar by paying close attention to the country music he heard on the radio. His big break came when his family moved to California.
His song "Twenty Flight Rock" played a pivotal role in the formation of The Beatles.
He was born and raised in Minnesota but considered himself to be from Oklahoma because it was his parents' home state.
His contributions to rock music have had a profound impact on musicians like Jack White.