English songwriter and producer who was known best for his 1962 hit song Telstar with his band the Tornadoes. The song was the first number one song by a British group on the US Hot 100.
He was interested in electronics from a young age and worked as a radar technician in the Royal Air Force.
He also worked as an audio engineer for an independent radio production company.
He had been a closeted homosexual due to the fact that it was not accepted in the UK at the time he was alive.
Sheryl Crow has said that her song A Change Would Do You Good was inspired by him.