Founder of and guitarist for War, a funk band that was popular during the 1970s. Early in his career, he also played with the R&B group The Drifters.
As a young man, he started a band called The Creators that played at nightclubs in his native southern California.
When he was a young boy, his cousin Jack taught him to play the bass guitar.
He played in War with famed rock vocalist Eric Burdon.