Jazz drummer who worked with many seminal artists, including Tommy Dorsey. He started recording in the late 1920s with Red McKenzie, among others.
He went against his parents' wishes for him to become a priest; he pursued a musical career instead.
He married Ethel McGuire in 1934 and, after their divorce in 1942, he remarried in 1946, and then married Patty Bowler in 1959.
In the 1930s, he was featured among other artists, including Benny Goodman, in a series of jazz sides recorded for and issued on Columbia Records.