He rose to fame as the front man and lead singer of the R&B band The Impressions, the group that released singles like "People Get Ready."
As a teenager, he sang in the
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and later became a politician.
His younger brother Billy played guitar with him on tours across the country.
He starred in the 2002 film Only the Strong Survive with singer Mary Wilson .