Jazz musician who supposedly recorded more than 1,500 times over the course of his life.
He attended North Texas State University and had his first professional gig playing with the Charlie Fisk Orchestra.
He recorded the first jazz with cello present in 1947, going on to add bass to cello ensembles later.
He was born in Dallas, Texas to an American mother and Armenian father.
He accompanied Bob Hope on his USO tours in the 1960s.