R&B singer and saxophonist who released the song "Rocket 88," one of the foundations of rock 'n' roll music.
He began singing and learned the tenor saxophone in his youth.
His song "Rocket 88" went to the top of the Billboard R&B charts and stayed there for four weeks.
He grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
He was backed on "Rocket 88" by Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm.