R&B singer and songwriter who released provocative songs like "Work with Me, Annie" and "Annie’s Aunt Fannie."
He spent time working on a Ford assembly line and, at sixteen, he joined The Royals, a local group. His vision took the band from blues to rock 'n' roll.
He released the #7 hit "Finger Poppin' Time" and #6 hit "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go."
He grew up in Detroit, Michigan and was raised with his brother in Bessemer, Alabama by their aunt.
Under the guidance of James Brown, he released two Billboard-charted hits, the 1968 hit "How You Gonna Get Respect" and the 1972 song "From the Love Side."