Influential Chicago DJ and producer often referred to as the creator of house music by critics and fans. Some of his best known work includes "Funk U Up," the first house track ever to crack the Billboard charts, "I'm Back Again" and "Love Can't Turn Around."
He won three Chicago city championships as a tennis player at Charles S. Deneen Public School, where he was an honors student.
He founded the Music & Arts Society and launched an exhibit titled SPIN - Evolution of the DJ, the first-ever exhibit of DJ culture.
He and Frankie Knuckles are two of house music's earliest pioneers.