Folk singer-songwriter best known for his 1970s hits "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Time in a Bottle," and "Operator."
He played the accordion as a child. Later on, he attended Villanova University for psychology and German, getting a B.A. in 1965.
He died tragically in a plane crash in 1973, the day after his song "I Got a Name" was released.
He married Ingrid Jacobson on August 28, 1966 and they had one child together.
He and Junior Seau each opened up a restaurant in San Diego.