Best known for writing My Cherie Amour, Uptight (Everything's Alright), and The Tears of a Clown. He was popular among Motown artists.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
He was born in Detroit. He married wife Patricia.
He wrote songs for Stevie Wonder, many of which became the artist's earliest hits.